Overton learned about the league in April at a workout in Arizona that included players from the National Football League and the UFL. Overton, who has found his role as a center on special teams, has been trying to get a foot in the door of the NFL ever since he attended a Seattle Seahawks training camp a couple of years ago.
The April camp was his chance to see if any of the NFL teams there were in search of a long-snapper.
“Once I knew I wasn’t going to get into camp with the NFL, my agent and I started hitting the UFL really hard,” he said, adding that with as many former NFL coaches and players as he saw in the UFL, this was his big chance.
“This is a great opportunity for myself and other specialists, and for football in general,” he said. “There are a lot of players who can play at that level, so we knew this league was going to be huge with the talent it has.”
The Florida Huskers contacted Overton on Sunday. Overton flew to Florida the next day and signed a contract Tuesday.
“Fortunately for me, I consider myself to be on the best team as far as coaching and talent on the team,” he said.
The UFL begins play Thursday when the Las Vegas Locomotives host the California Redwoods. The Huskers will host their first game against the New York Sentinels on Saturday at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
For Overton, 24, the UFL, a professional league that includes four teams with a six-game season, is a step up from the amateur and arena football leagues he has played with.
After he graduated from Tracy High, Overton played for Diablo Valley College and Western Washington University before training with the Seattle Seahawks.
Overton most recently played with the Tri Cities Fever arena football team in Kennewick, Wash., part of the National Indoor Football League. He has also played on the Whatcom County Raiders of Bellingham, Wash., a stint that included two championship seasons in 2007 and 2008 in the Cascade Football League.
“Ever since then, I’ve been training and trying to keep my name on the radar,” he said. “Being picked up by this team is a huge opportunity.”
Overton said that the majority of players on the Huskers have been with NFL teams, and his hope is that younger players like himself will be noticed by the NFL by the time the UFL has its championship game in Las Vegas just before Thanksgiving.
“The NFL scouts are out watching our practice every day,” he said. “It will provide the NFL with a pool of talented players who are ready to go.
“I’ve been working hard for this opportunity, and this league is going to get better. I’m very fortunate to be part of this premier season.”