JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Matt Overton, the long-time Jaguar player, has an idea to solve the problem of unhappy fans of the Indianapolis Colts who wish to get their season ticket refunded. Message him. He will buy them.
Overton – who played five seasons with the Colts (2012-16) – made this offer on Twitter Monday morning after being told by social media that season pass holders of the Colts, upset by the abrupt retreat Quarterback Andrew Luck, wanted their money back. He plans to give the tickets to the Riley Children's Hospital of downtown Indianapolis.
For all holders of angry Colts season tickets requesting a refund,
I would be more than happy to buy your season tix off and give them to @RileyChildrens patients and their families. I'm serious.
– Matt Overton (@MattOverton_LS) August 26, 2019
"Riley Hospital is dear to me," says Overton. "This is something very dear to the entire Indianapolis community and if we can help these children and their families attend a game and cheer on their favorite team, the Colts, let's make that happen."
Overton had not yet announced his mid-afternoon offer, but he had received a lot of positive comments and support from his tweet.
A Colts spokesman said the team had received very few calls asking for a refund, adding that it also sold single tickets and season tickets since Luck's announcement.
Overton still lives in Indianapolis during the off season and says his fiancée is also from town and that he "loves to call Indy home". He knows how much the Colts fan base was devastated when Adam Schefter of ESPN announced Luck's decision to retire on Saturday night, but he was upset by Luck's harsh words and criticisms of social media.
"You can obviously say that he's going through a very big battle and this for a good time now," Overton said. "As a former teammate with him and playing with him for five years, I know his man, his competitor, his teammate and people question his character, his stamina and all that stuff. , and I just think it's BS The dude is incredibly strong. He's obviously making some really tough decisions right now and made a very difficult decision to retire.
"It's difficult for the fans, it's difficult for the team, it's difficult for the organization, and it's difficult for guys like me who played with him and his friends to see him go through. this, just hope that he finds peace and joy and his health goes forward. "
Mike Wells of ESPN contributed to this report.