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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It’s back to a relatively quiet news day with Mike Chappell looking at the offensive guard position and some news that Colts season ticket holders will find very interesting this fall.
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 Tuesday, July 9th
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
It’s time for the interior of the all-Indy offensive line to be decided on and Chappell has nominated seven candidates.
The names are as followed:
- Rick DeMulling
- Randy Dixon
- Ryan Lilja
- Steve McKinney
- Jake Scott
- Ron Solt
- Ben Utt
By: Star Report, Indy Star
It’s truly the offseason when this news falls under prominence.
A new NFL policy requires certain size bags that can be brought into stadiums this season.
Here is the release from the Colts discussing some of the new policies.
The Colts strongly encourage fans to not bring any bags, but outlined today what is permissible. Fans will be able to carry the following style and size bag, package, or container at stadium plaza areas, stadium gates, or when approaching queue lines of fans awaiting entry into the stadium:
• Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12.”
• Colts’ season-ticket holders will be sent compliant bags in early August courtesy of the team.
• One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar) AND
• Small clutch bags or purses, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap, may be carried into the stadium along with one of the clear bag options.
• An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at the Northwest and Southeast corners of the stadium.
“We are proud that the Indianapolis Colts fan game day experience has been rated #1 for a second consecutive year by Stadium Journey Magazine,” said Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay. “The foundation of that experience begins with public safety. Therefore, we continue our outstanding partnership with the other 31 NFL teams, NFL security, Lucas Oil Stadium and local law enforcement by adding this league-wide policy.”
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