The thrill of playing in the NFL will hit home this weekend for Tracy’s Matt Overton, who will play at Candlestick Park, the same stadium where he became a San Francisco 49er fan as a youngster.
Overton, Tracy High class of 2003 and now in his second year as the special teams center for the Indianapolis Colts, has had Sunday, Sept. 22, when the San Francisco 49ers (1-1) host the Colts (1-1), marked on his calendar ever since the 2013 NFL schedule came out at the end of December 2012.
That’s when the team he plays for now faces off against the team that inspired him during his days playing for the Tracy Raiders and the Tracy High Bulldogs.
“I’m beyond excited,” Overton said. “I grew up a 49er fan and went to numerous games there growing up.”
Overton said the game, with a 1:25 p.m. kickoff, will be a big event for his friends and family, about 50 of whom plan will go toCandlestickParkon Sunday.
“It’s almost like a homecoming game,” Overton said. He added that it’s bittersweet knowing that this is the last year the 49er will play at Candlestick before they move to a Levi’s Stadium inSanta Clarain 2014.
Overton said that the Colts didn’t play any West Coast teams in 2012, but this year all of the teams from the National Football Conference-West and the American Football Conference-West are on the Colts’ schedule. The Colts beat the Oakland Raiders of the AFC-West 21-17 inIndianapolison Sept. 8, in Week 1 of the NFL season.
Overton also has a connection to the 49ers with former teammate Michael Wilhoite, an inside linebacker forSan Francisco. The two played together on the United Football League’s Omaha Nighthawks in 2011 and both joined the NFL as undrafted free agents in 2012.
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