Kevin Everett

Born: Feb. 5, 1982 in Port Arthur, Texas

Kevin Everett attended Thomas Jefferson High School, where he was a three-year letterman in football. As a senior, he won Class 5A All-State honors in 2000.
 
After high school, Everett attended Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas, for two years, where he was a two-time first-team All-Southwest Junior College football conference pick and ranked the second-best junior college player in the nation. He transferred to the University of Miami, where he was enrolled until 2005. He left as the 86th overall pick by the Buffalo Bills in the third round of the NFL draft.
 
Kevin Everett made his first career start for the Bills on September 10, 2006, and completed his first career NFL reception on October 1 of the same year.
 
One week into the 2007 NFL season, on September 9, Everett sustained a career-ending injury while attempting to tackle Denver Broncos’ kickoff return man Domenik Hixon. Everett suffered a cervical spine injury, and doctors reported that he might never walk again. Defying the odds, Kevin Everett recovered from his spinal injury and regained movement, stepping onto the field of Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday, December 23, 2007, for the Bills’ final home game.
 
In 2008, Everett was awarded the Jimmy V award for perseverance at the 2008 ESPY awards for his heroic recovery, defying the odds and “never giving up.”
 
Everett lives in the Houston area and travels as an inspirational speaker and founder of the Kevin Everett Foundation, dedicated to assisting those with new spinal cord injuries both financially and emotionally.