Indianapolis Colts long snapper Matt Overton, who wore special cleats in honor of slain Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Deputy Dennis Wallace in his team’s Thanksgiving game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, wrote Monday that he was sending the cleats to Wallace’s family.
In a Facebook post, Overton wrote: “These cleats will be sent out to the Stanislaus County Sheriffs Department & then delivered to his wife & family. Deputy Dennis Wallace built a legacy that will continue to live on. Thank you sir for your service & for sacrifice. I will never forget! Salute & Godbless.”
Overton is a Tracy High graduate who played college football at Western Washington. He’s been with the Colts since 2012.
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In his post from Monday afternoon, Overton wrote: “I never knew Deputy Dennis Wallace but I definitely got to know the man he was over the past number of days. Ive received an outpour of comments & messages telling me about how great of a man he was on & off duty. Over 20 years of service filled with a passion, love & a desire to help people, positively influence youth & help protect & improve the community he called home. I was honored to have had the opportunity to honor a real American hero on the field Thanksgiving night. It was on my heart to do the right thing & dedicate that game to him & his family. He was hero that protected & served, did his job & exceeded his duties without expecting any thanks or praise.
“LEO's have a selfless & thankless job. A job that requires much sacrifice & a willingness to face unexpected danger at any moment. They put their lives on the line every time that uniform goes on. They do it for US! My gratitude will forever go out to this hero, his family, his department, LEO's, first responders & military.
“These cleats will be sent out to the Stanislaus County Sheriffs Department & then delivered to his wife & family. Deputy Dennis Wallace built a legacy that will continue to live on. Thank you sir for your service & for sacrifice. I will never forget! Salute & Godbless.”
He ended it with an American flag emoji and #ThinBlueLine.