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FAN FEST IN LOUISVILLE

Posted by sscarpin on June 30, 2014 – 3:50 pm

What better way to start the second Fan Fest of the summer than with an out of state road trip to visit Colts fans down south? After an awesome Colts Fan Fest in Greensburg, we were ready to bring the Colts fun to Louisville, Kentucky!

When we arrived at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, we were ready to setup. With this being our third event of the Summer Tour, our crew had the setup process down like pros. The inflatables were up, Colts in Motion was ready to go, and our special addition to Fan Fest in Louisville, a 35 foot zip line, was all set for some eager fans to enjoy.

Matt Overton and Adam Vinatieri arrived via helicopter, and the devoted fans who were already waiting in line greeted the players with cheers and waves. Soon after, four cheerleaders and Blue arrived. Finally, we were ready to get Fan Fest started!

Both players were looking forward to being in Louisville and meeting some Colts fans. “I’ve never been to Louisville before and I’m excited to be in a new city. It’s awesome to interact with our fans here in Kentucky,” Overton said.

“It’s fun to see the fan base we have around here and get to mingle with the people who are always supporting us,” Vinatieri added.

Loyal Colts fans Mary and Michael brought their sons Aiden and James to the Fan Fest. The family goes to every Colts event they can, and Mary told us that James, age 5, had a very special Colts memory.  “On his 4th birthday, we went to training camp and he got a bunch of autographs,” Mary said. “It was the best birthday ever!” James added.

Elijah, age 9, and his brother DaQuan, age 10, were most excited about testing their football skills in the Play 60 Zone. They agreed that this was the best inflatable at Fan Fest, but when asked what the best part of the day was, DaQuan told me, “Meeting the football superstars!”

After getting autographs from players, cheerleaders, and Blue, fans had the chance to register to win Colts tickets, purchase pizza from the Papa John’s Pizza Truck and listen to the Hunter Smith Band, as the former Colts punter led the entertainment for fans once again.

“We always love the super loyal, committed fans,” Vinatieri said, and it’s no doubt there were plenty of these fans in Louisville. Vinatieri also knows a good crowd when he sees one – throughout his eight seasons with the Colts, the veteran kicker has appeared at multiple Summer Tour events, and always proves to be a favorite among the fans.

Loyal and committed fans is also something Overton knows well. “My rookie year I had a grandmother try to have me propose to her granddaughter,” Overton told me. “That’s probably the craziest thing a fan has done!”

Despite the summer heat, more than 800 fans joined us at the event. One more Fan Fest down, and one more to go! We hope to meet many more Colts fans in Fort Wayne on July 11th as we host our final event of the Summer Tour at the Three Rivers Festival, featuring players Bjoern Werner and Anthony Castonzo. Thanks for a great evening, Louisville, and here we come, Fort Wayne!


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Colts Eager To Get Back To Work

Posted by Kevin Bowen on April 21, 2014 – 1:53 pm

The Colts returned to the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center on Monday to kickoff their nine-week offseason program.

Like the first day of school, many Colts were eager to get back with their teammates.

Here’s a look at some of the tweets the Colts sent out on getting the 2014 offseason program started:


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What did a few Colts players think of the Michael Sam news?

Posted by Kevin Bowen on February 10, 2014 – 10:36 am

Last year when the NFL Combine invaded Lucas Oil Stadium, the hoard of media waited…and waited for the press conference of former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o.

Prior to Sunday night it looked like Johnny Manziel’s 2014 combine press conference would rival that of Te’o.

But now that distinction belongs to Missouri defensive end Michael Sam.

On Sunday night, Sam told the New York Times: “I’m Michael Sam. I’m a football player and I’m gay.”

Sam was one of the most dominant players in college football last year. He had 11.5 sacks in 2013 and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year for a Tigers team that captured the Cotton Bowl.

NFL draft pundits have the 260-pound Sam projected to be drafted in the later rounds of the 2014 draft.

Below are a few excerpts of Sam’s article in the New York Times.

“I just want to make sure I could tell my story the way I want to tell it,” said Mr. Sam, who also spoke with ESPN on Sunday. “I just want to own my truth.”

“I’m not naïve,” Mr. Sam said. “I know this is a huge deal and I know how important this is. But my role as of right now is to train for the combine and play in the N.F.L.”

Also, a few Colts players went to Twitter to express their support for Sam deciding to come out a week and a half before the Combine.

 


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What were the Colts players saying after Sunday’s win?

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 2, 2013 – 1:20 pm

The Colts returned to play in front of their home fans on Sunday afternoon and delivered with a vital 22-14 divisional win over the Tennessee Titans.

With the win, the Colts moved to three games up in the AFC South with just four weeks remaining in the regular season.

Find out what the Colts players said on Twitter after their Week 13 victory:

Linebacker Kelvin Sheppard:



Linebacker Erik Walden:



Tight End Weslye Saunders:

Cornerback Vontae Davis:



Safety Antoine Bethea:



Punter Pat McAfee:



Long Snapper Matt Overton:



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Colts Daily Headlines: Weekend Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 15, 2013 – 8:51 am

The quiet weekends around the NFL will be coming to an end very soon. This weekend the news was pretty quiet around the Colts camp with Mike Chappell looking at one of the longest-tenured Colts at the long snapper position. Also, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King is back writing his must-read Monday Morning Quarterback columns.

Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top pieces from Saturday, July 13th-Monday, July 15th.  

All-time Indy Colts long snapper: Justin Snow

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Snow, one of the longest tenured Colts, cracks Chappell’s all-time Indy team at the long snapper position.

The longevity of Snow’s career in Indianapolis (was signed in 2000 as an undrafted free agent) was a feat in itself but the way he went out was equally as impressive.

With Matt Overton in the 2012 training camp, Snow helped the young long snapper in adapting to NFL life, knowing that his own spot was in jeopardy.

“Look at his career, how long it was,’’ said punter Pat McAfee, who received Snow’s snaps as the holder for placekicker Adam Vinatieri. “Justin played for over a decade in one city. That’s unfathomable.

“Long snappers are just like guys in baseball, guys in golf, guys in (place)kicking. You go through droughts. Justin Snow never did that. It was an honor to be able to work with such a professional when I was a young guy.

“He was just so damn good.’’

MONDAY MORNING QB

By: Peter King, Sports Illustrated

King is back from vacation with the start of another NFL season approaching.

In this week’s MMQB, King talks about the new football centric website he is starting up and covers some of the major headlines around the NFL in the past week.

As is mostly the case this time of the year the news involves mostly off-the-field issues and that is what King delved into on Monday.


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Colts Daily Headlines: July 11th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 11, 2013 – 8:24 am

The news around the Colts on Wednesday began with the nominees at the center position of Mike Chappell’s all-Indy team. Also, Justin Bieber nation invaded Indianapolis last night and Colts long snapper Matt Overton contributed to the concert in a major way.

Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top pieces from Thursday, July 11th.  

All-time Indianapolis Colts: a look at the centers

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Chappell’s all-Indy offense will conclude tomorrow with his selection at the center position.

The choice might not seem as obvious as it looks with the nominees coming from Ray Donaldson, Kirk Lowdermilk and Jeff Saturday

Colts Matt Overton brings Riley kids to Bieber concert

By: Teresa Mackin, WISHTV.com

Colts long snapper Matt Overton hasn’t called Indianapolis home for a while but his impact on the community cannot be quantified.

Back in June, Overton invited 10 kids from Riley Hospital to the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center and surprised them with tickets to last night’s Justin Bieber concert.

“It’s just completely, completely amazing,” said Trish Keller, who’s daughter Madeline has cystic fibrosis. “I’m going to be in tears by the end of the night.”

“They’re very encouraging and inspiring to many of us,” said Overton, the Colts long snapper. “They’re my little special dates for the night.”

 


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When Matt Overton needed a couch he turned to former Ohio State star Maurice Clarett

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 9, 2013 – 9:41 am

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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