Perhaps the most noteworthy quarterback ever to hail from Los Angeles City College, Vince Evans helped break the color line in the NFL's quarterback ranks in the mid-1970's, taking snaps from center for the Chicago Bears from 1977 to 1983.

Evans signed with the USFL's Chicago Blitz on November 14, 1983 - with the contract to take effect on February 1 the following year, when he'd be a free agent.  The only problem?  The Blitz didn't have his USFL rights, but that problem was resolved when the Blitz dealt LB Ben Apuna and the rights to WR Waddell Smith to the Washington Federals a month later.

For the first time in three years Evans was the starter for a pro football team in Chicago in 1984.  Unfortunately the team for whom he started was a moribund Blitz team that was made a ward of the league before it had played its first game.  Evans soldiered on at Soldier Field, throwing for 2,624 yards and 14 touchdowns in what was by all accounts a miserable second and final season for the Blitz.

When the Blitz disbanded on November 20, 1984, Evans was dealt to the Denver Gold, where he spent 1985 splitting time with Bob Gagliano and helped the team earn its first and only USFL playoff berth.  His career thought over after taking the fall of 1985 and 1986 off, in 1987 he came back into the game as a 32-year old backup for the Los Angeles Raiders.  He didn't return for 1988 but came back - again - in 1989, again with the silver and black.  He then continued with the Raiders in a back-up role through 1995, finally hanging it up for good at the age of 40 after 17 seasons. 


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