The first time Rashaan Evans shows off his speed, flies around the edge and sacks an opposing quarterback, the credit shouldn't just go to the scheme that put him in the proper place or the Alabama strength program that further enhanced his athleticism.

Save some of that praise for Aladdin.

Aladdin is a horse.

Until just recently, the Evanses owned horses for more than 20 years. As Rashaan and his younger brother Alex grew older and became more entrenched in their respective sports -- football for Rashaan, track for Alex -- the horses, Aladdin specifically, became a part of their offseason training.

It's simple. The brothers ran around with the horses until they couldn't run anymore.

Rashaan credits Alex, "a real advocate for animals," for coming up with the outside-the-shed idea.

"At first, it was weird," Rashaan said. "I didn't know what he was doing. I was like, 'why are you chasing horses?' So I started doing it."

The length of the sessions, Rashaan said, depended on the day. Most of the time, it simply lasted "until you don't want to do it anymore."

It eventually became an addictive way to improve his speed, which he combined with 218 pounds of strength to wreak havoc on opposing offensive tackles en route to 17 sacks during his senior season at Auburn High.