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 next transferred to the University of Miami where he was enrolled until 2005 when 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 his first career NFL reception on October 1st of the same year.

 

     One week into the 2007 NFL season, on September 9th, Everett sustained a career ending injury while attempting to tackle Denver Broncos’ kickoff return man Domenik Hixon. Everett suffered a cervical spine injury and it was reported by doctors that he may never walk again. Defying the odds, Kevin Everett recovered from his spinal injury and regained movement, walking 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, travels as an inspirational speaker and founded the Kevin Everett Foundation dedicated to assisting those with new spinal cord injuries both financially and emotionally.