The Indianapolis Colts announced Wednesday, Jan. 15, that Overton, the team’s second-year long-snapper and a 2003 graduate of Tracy High School, had been selected for the NFL Pro Bowl roster on Tuesday, Jan. 14.
Overton said the Colts informed him Tuesday night that Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera chose him for the NFL’s all-star team. Now he joins a pool of players to be drafted for two teams to play in the game Jan. 26 in Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium.
Overton said he was overwhelmed by the news.
“There were tears of joy as I shared it with my family,” he said, adding that he was surprised to be considered for the honor of being named the NFL’s leading long-snapper.
“Traditionally, those have been guys in the league for a long time, a top-tier veteran,” Overton said. “I felt like I had a strong year, but there are still things to improve on.”
The Colts lost 43-22 to the New England Patriots in the AFC divisional playoffs Saturday, Jan. 11, and Overton said he had been taking a short break and looking forward to getting back into his off-season conditioning routine when he learned that he would be flying to Hawaii on Sunday, Jan. 19.
“It’s kind of an overwhelming process,” he said.
Also heading to the Pro Bowl are the Colts’ coaching staff and one of Overton’s teammates, 11-year linebacker Robert Mathis, who is going to his sixth consecutive Pro Bowl. Overton said he also plans to take his family and two special-teams teammates, kicker Adam Vinatieri and punter Pat McAfee, as his guests.
The Colts went 12-6 for the 2013 season, including a dramatic come-from-behind 45-44 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC wild-card round Jan. 4.
Overton started playing football at the age of 8 with the Tracy Raiders and played for Tracy High, Diablo Valley College and Western Washington University. He tried out with the Seattle Seahawks in 2007 and briefly rejoined the Seahawks in 2010. He played with the Cascade Football League and National Indoor Football League before he joined the United Football League’s Florida Tuskers in 2009 and then played for the UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks in 2010 and 2011.
Overton, 28, joined the Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and has since attained a high profile in Indianapolis through his community service with Riley Children’s Hospital.
“I’ve had a lot of people congratulate me and thank me for the help I’ve been a part of here,” he said. “I feel like getting this honor will open other doors for me to help the community.”
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