Bouncing around numerous semi-pro football leagues, Matt Overton merely needed a place to stay.
Overton turned to former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett, a former UFL teammate with the Omaha Nighthawks.
In last week’s Sports Illustrated issue “Where Are They Now”, Clarett was profiled with the inclusion of a story on him and Overton written by Michael McKnight:
One of Clarett’s teammates with the Omaha Nighthawks was a long snapper named Matt Overton, who wound up getting cut, bringing both his paltry UFL income and his larger NFL dream to a halt. “What NFL team is going to sign me after a UFL team cuts me?” Overton recalls thinking, Clarett, his senses saturation of freedom offered Overton his couch and a daily workout partner as long as he wanted them.
Today Overton is entering his second season as the long snapper for the Colts. Clarett doesn’t claim credit for Overton’s current mid-six figure salary, but he is proud of the platform he helped his friend achieve, from which Overton can do things like show terminally ill kids around the team’s facility and surprise them with tickets to a Justin Bieber concert, as he did last month.
“Maurice never let me quit,” says Overton. “Sometimes I’d slack off—not encouraged, not motivated—and he’d ask me, ‘Where do you want to go?”
Along with this Sports Illustrated article, Overton was also featured on ESPN.com earlier this year on his incredible path to the NFL.
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