Current EDCO Safety Manager Evan Routzahn works to protect our employees from workplace injuries. But before his days at EDCO, Routzahn was tasked with protecting quarterbacks at the University of Virginia. In 2018, he was inducted into the YMCA of Frederick County’s Alvin G. Quinn Sports Hall of Fame.
Named after the executive director of the YMCA of Frederick County from 1919 to 1960, the Alvin G. Quinn Sports Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who, through their accomplishments and contributions in the field of athletics, bring honor to themselves and to Frederick County.
“It’s an honor because the inductees in years before me and the people I was inducted with carry the same attributes, as far as they are not only great athletes, but also great leaders within their sport and communities as well,” Routzahn said.
Football was a new sport for Routzahn when he entered Middletown High School as a freshman, as he was too big to play on any youth teams. During his sophomore season, it became clear that the sport could provide an avenue to a college education. Eventually, Routzahn became the first player from his high school to earn a Division-I football scholarship, which paved the way for future Middletown Knight players to be afforded that same opportunity, including one who became a fourth-round pick in 2018’s NFL Draft.
Routzahn elected to attend the University of Virginia over offers from Northwestern and University of North Carolina, among others. The school’s close proximity, recent football success and academic prestige influenced his decision to become a Cavalier.
The former offensive lineman started 39 games over four seasons, including three bowl games. Routzahn was a two-time member of the All-Academic ACC team and served as a team captain during his senior campaign in Charlottesville. His time in college featured matchups against two potential NFL Hall of Famers in Julius Pepper (University of North Carolina) and Richard Seymour (University of Georgia).
Following his college career, Routzahn signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent. Before being released by the team during training camp, he spent time in the same locker room as legendary quarterback Peyton Manning and had a locker next to NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Marvin Harrison.
With his football career behind him, Routzahn carried the values of teamwork and leadership into his other professional endeavors. Outside of EDCO, Routzahn serves as the president of F.R.I.E.N.D.S., a Down Syndrome advocacy group in Frederick County, Maryland, which hosts an annual Buddy Walk to raise awareness and promote community unification.
“Football taught me that nobody’s above the team in any field,” Routzahn said. “My captaincy taught me that whatever you’re up against, organizing a walk or teachers conference [for F.R.I.E.N.D.S.], everybody has a role and are representative of the whole group.”