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Former Colt Matt Overton offers to buy season tickets from angry fans to donate to Riley patients

Posted at 1:41 PM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 13:51:04-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Former Indianapolis Colts longsnapper Matt Overton is offering to buy the season tickets from fans who are angry over the Andrew Luck news so he can donate them to kids in the hospital.

Colts Nation was shocked when news spread during the fourth quarter of the team's preseason game against the Bears Saturday night. Luck officially announced he would be retiring from the NFL during the post-game press conference.

"This is not an easy decision. It's the hardest decision of my life," Luck said at the press conference.

Colts fans weren't happy with the news, and some even booed the quarterback as he made his way off the field at Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday night. Since then, angry fans have been demanding refunds for the season tickets they purchased before Luck's retirement was announced.

In response to those fans, Overton, who played on the Indianapolis Colts from 2012 to 2016, posted to Twitter that he would buy the season tickets from any angry Colts fans so he could donate them to patients at Riley Hospital for Children and their families.

"I'm serious," Overton said.

I’d be more than happy to buy your season tix off of you & donate them to @RileyChildrens patients & their families. I’m serious.

All love,


— Matt Overton (@MattOverton_LS) August 26, 2019


This isn't the first time Overton has shown love to Riley Children's Hospital. When the Jackson Jaguars played the Indianapolis Colts in 2017, Overton donned a pair of bright pink cleats decked out in Riley writing for pediactric cancer research that read "Thank You Indy" written in gold. In 2018 he donned a similar pair of brightly colored cleats decked in Riley Children's writing when the Colts and Jaguars met in Florida.

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JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 02: The shoes of Matt Overton #45 of the Jacksonville Jaguars as seen during the game against the Indianapolis Colts on December 02, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Overton was a staple on the Indianapolis Colts from 2012 until he was cut from the team back in May. He was also part of the team's "Fourth Down Army."