Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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August 9, 2013

Colts: Colts long snapper creates unique friendship with teen cancer patient

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Ironically, it might not have happened without Snow's guidance. And Overton remembers his predecessor every time he steps on the field. "I try to emulate him every day," he said. "He set the standard, and I'm just trying to uphold the standard and help this team win like he did."

Of course, Overton also owes a certain debt to Clarett. The two men remain friends, and Overton is rooting for the former running back in his quest for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Rugby team. ESPN is working on a "30 for 30" documentary film about Clarett. And Overton's own life reads like a movie script these days.

His first game at Lucas Oil Stadium came down to a field-goal attempt. He snapped the ball to McAfee, who held for Vinatieri on a 53-yard field goal to beat the Minnesota Vikings. It was the longest game-winner of Vinatieri's likely Hall of Fame career.

The Colts surprised the NFL with an 11-5 record and earned an AFC playoff berth. This season, Overton finds himself on a team with goals that include winning a division title and playing in the Super Bowl.

He and Clarett — who is back home with a growing family in Ohio — have

come a long way from Omaha.

"The story of redemption for him has been amazing," Overton said. "Just

looking back, it's pretty crazy to see where both of us are at a year later."

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Overton was at a Justin Bieber concert on July 10 with 10 teenage girls and their special guests. Mia Benge was supposed to be there, too.

Earlier in the year, Overton attended an auction to benefit Second Helpings — an organization that helps feed the needy in Indianapolis — at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. When tickets for a suite at the Bieber concert went on the block, the long snapper saw the perfect means to hold an event

with Riley patients.

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