It's quiet now at AU. The cameras are gone. And Overton gently takes a
seat near Mia's side. "Did you have fun watching practice?" he asks. "Did you see Andrew Luck
The girl nods and answers affirmatively in her tiny voice. She's been through so much, and her fighting spirit is an inspiration to the professional football player at her side. Moments later, a little further down the path and out of ear shot, the whole scene is a marvel to Keri Benge's eyes.
"Today is a great day," Mia's mother says. "We're out of the hospital, and
it's been a month. You couldn't ask for anything better."
* * *
Two years ago, Overton was unemployed and sleeping on a convicted felon's
He'd recently been released by the Omaha Nighthawks of the now-defunct United Football League, and infamous former Ohio State star Maurice Clarett became his unlikely training partner.
When the Seattle Seahawks released Overton following training camp in 2009, he thought he'd quickly find a soft landing in the UFL. He played in the league the previous season, and he believed that might ease the transition.
Instead, he watched as the expansion Nighthawks signed Clarett — a former third-round pick of the Denver Broncos who had spent the past six years in prison. Just a year younger than the running back, Overton was familiar with Clarett from his days as a high school football phenom. He'd also heard horror stories from a former UFL teammate — punter Todd Sauerbrun — who had crossed paths with Clarett during his brief time in the NFL.
Overton asked his agent how a recent inmate could get a job and he could not. A few weeks later, that inmate was his new teammate.