Overton connects with local NFL hero Eddy
by Bob Brownne
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After a year in the NFL, Matt Overton is still humbled by the chance to meet one of his football heroes.

Overton, a 2003 graduate of Tracy High and now a special teams center with the Indianapolis Colts, visited the June 27 Tracy Breakfast Lions meeting at Hometown Buffet. The guest speaker that day was fellow Bulldog alumnus and NFL veteran Nick Eddy, from Tracy High’s Class of 1962.

“I grew up hearing his name and walking by his jersey every single day,” Overton said. “It’s cool that I’m now in Indiana and that’s where he had a lot of his glory days at Notre Dame.”

Lions Club member Wayne Schneider, the former Bulldog coach who led Tracy High teams to two Sac-Joaquin Section championships in the 1980s, said Eddy was also an inspiration to his teams.

“He used to come to be on our field when we were in the playoffs,” Schneider said. “The kids were wide-eyed looking at Nick.”

Eddy, a former All-American halfback at the University of Notre Dame who played for the Detroit Lions from 1967 to 1973, visited to talk about the attention he still gets for his years playing college and pro football.

Eddy, who lives in Modesto and works as a special-education teacher, told the group he tries to be modest about his football career.

“Most of what my kids have learned about my career, they’ve learned from teachers and friends,” he said.

Eddy said he could never escape the fame that Notre Dame and the Detroit Lions brought him. In one case, in 2001, that fame gained him unwanted attention. A man in Massachusetts appropriated his name and posed as the football star.

Eddy eventually confronted the man, whose life unraveled as the deception was exposed and became national news.

“I’ve gotten more reaction when that thing hit the news wires, honest to God,” Eddy said. “Being an All-American at Notre Dame, second runner-up for the Heisman Trophy, all that kind of stuff — I never got so much attention as when that thing hit the wire services.”

• Contact Bob Brownne at 830-4227 or brownne@tracypress.com.
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