Colts Player Matt Overton Will Wear Shoes to Honor Fallen Deputy
NFL Player Matt Overton Is Going To Honor Fallen Deputy
Indianapolis, IN – NFL player Matt Overton will be honoring a murdered hero during the Thanksgiving game.
It is no secret in the Midwest that Colts Long Snapper Matt Overton supports Law Enforcement. Raised by a career officer, you might say blue is in the blood.
Matt Overton is a familiar face around the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Indiana State Police and FOP Lodge #086. Whether he is doing a ride-along, dropping off donated items for different charity causes or even participating in some of their training, he makes sure that local law enforcement knows that they have a friend on the field. This holiday he will take the stage for all of America as they lay around after eating way too much turkey, for a beloved game of Thanksgiving Day football. He will do it this year making sure that our men and women in uniform are not forgotten.
Matt’s father Tom Overton, served for 31 years before he retired a Captain, with the San Leandro Police Department in their home state of California. Matt grew up knowing that one day he wanted to follow in his fathers footsteps.
Overton signed with Seattle Seahawks in 2007 and came on to the National Football League as a free agent. During a lull in his career, he spoke candidly with his dad about pursuing his dream of law enforcement in 2011. It was the very next season that Overton signed on with the Indianapolis Colts and decided to put that dream on hold…for now.
Overton regularly reaches out to IMPD and is very vocal on social media of his support of police. His Tweets are full of support for law enforcement all across the country. He has donated his time and skills to local FOP Lodge #086 to raise money for Shop with a Cop and other charitable causes. He also attended the funeral of fallen Deputy Carl Koontz of the Howard County Sheriff’s Department earlier this year.
This morning Overton announced via Twitter, that he will make sure our fallen officers are not forgotten this Thanksgiving. He tweeted a picture of the shoes he will wear during tomorrow night’s Thanksgiving day game, facing the Pittsburgh Steelers. The shoes will honor fallen Deputy Dennis Wallace, E.O.W. 11/13/2016 who was executed in Overton’s home state.
“Wearing Thanksgiving night in honor of fallen Deputy Dennis Wallace. Sending my thoughts and prayers back home to his family.” #ThinBlueLine
Let’s give kudos to a top notch athlete who is using his platform to help law enforcement!