SOCHI, Russia — As he stands waiting for the women’s bobsled event to begin, Fred Evans acknowledges that his family has done some pretty impressive things in the sports world.
He’s an NFL defensive tackle for the Vikings, eight seasons in the league. His cousin, Gary Matthews Jr., spent 12 years in Major League Baseball, including a stint with the Cubs. And his uncle, Gary “Sarge” Matthews, is a one-time MLB All-Star who was a fan favorite during his four seasons with the Cubs in the ’80s.
Despite all that, Evans insists that it’s his younger sister Aja Evans — a brakeman on the USA-2 sled — who has accomplished the most in the family. In fact, everyone else’s resumes seem provincial by comparison.
“By far, she’s the top,” Fred Evans said. “The Olympics are something special to the entire world. … I love what I do and I’m blessed to be an NFL athlete, but my sister is an Olympian.
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