Josh Evans, the Jacksonville Jaguars' sixth-round draft pick out of Florida in 2013, has announced his retirement from the National Football League. Evans played three seasons for the Jaguars, from 2013-2015, before completing his NFL career with the Washington Football Team.
Evans, 30, started at free safety or strong safety in 37 of the 47 games he played for the Jaguars over three seasons, making 196 tackles and recovering three fumbles. As a rookie in 2013 Evans made 11 starts with 54 tackles. He ranked third on the team with 90 tackles in his second season, playing in all 16 games and starting 14, while also sharing the team lead with two fumble recoveries. In 2015 Evans started 12 games and finished with 52 tackles.
"I appreciated my time here in Jacksonville playing for the Jaguars, and I felt it was only right that I announce my retirement from football as a member of the Jaguars family," Evans said. "I look forward to remaining involved along with other alumni through the NFL Legends Community. And I want to say thank you to the fans for their support."
A native of Irvington, NJ, Evans played quarterback and safety at Irvington High School, where he was named all-state and the county player of the year, before signing with Florida and moving to Gainesville. Playing his first two seasons under Head Coach Urban Meyer, he started 24 of 47 games played for the Gators from 2009-2012 and completed his college career with 154 tackles, five interceptions and 3.5 sacks. He earned three letters and majored in criminology while at Florida.