Of all the NFL's elite players, few have traveled a more curious path than New Orleans Saints right guard Jahri Evans.
He attended a Division II program -- Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania -- on an academic scholarship. He never played organized football until reaching high school. Even then, Evans was forced to miss his senior season because of an injury.
And now? Evans is a three-time Pro Bowl selection who has never missed a start in six-plus NFL seasons -- Sunday's FOX America's Game of the Week matchup against the 49ers will mark Evans' 107th straight.
As the Saints prepared for the game (4:25 p.m. ET kickoff), Evans spoke with FOXSports.com about his unusual background and his NFL career.
Q: What makes a great NFL guard?
Evans: You have to be tough and able to handle the heavy rushers -- big guys with a lot of power who are just going to try and push you back. They're not really going to give you a lot of moves or shake or anything but just a lot ...