Couple offers $1,000 donation to NFL player to support fallen officer

A Galt couple is offering to donate $1,000 to an NFL player if he gets fined for paying tribute to fallen Stanislaus County Sheriffs Deputy Dennis Wallace.

Indianapolis Colts long snapper, Matt Overton, a former star player at Tracy High, posted on Facebook, he's planning on wearing special cleats during a game on Thanksgiving night in honor of Wallace and his family.

The cleats read '11-13-16', the date Wallace was shot and killed while on duty at Fox Grove Park in Hughson.

Robert Weaver left a comment on the ABC10 Facebook page, in support of the player and his decision to break NFL policy for the fallen officer.

The NFL holds strict dress code policies and slaps players with hefty fines if the rules are broken. Adding a personal message to a uniform carries a minimum $6,076 fine for the first offense.

While Overton said he is connected to the law enforcement community, Weaver said he's not.

"There's no personal connection other than just tired of seeing police officers gunned down for no reason," Weaver said.

Weaver said his wife Debra, a painting contractor, does work in Tracy and other nearby areas and they want to give back to the community.

Weaver noted if Colin Kaepernick is allowed to kneel as a sign of protest, other NFL players should be able to express tribute.

"If you're going to make it acceptable for others to protest, it should be the same for all players," he said.

A big Dallas Cowboys fan, Weaver brought up the example of when the NFL denied the Cowboys' request to wear a helmet decal reading 'Arm-in-Arm' to honor the five Dallas officers shot and killed during an ambush in July.

He said players should be able to 'show tribute' as long as the display is in 'within taste' and said he doesn't think Overton's shoes are 'distasteful'.

"Not being able to show tribute to 9-11, that is not tasteful." Weaver said.

Titans linebacker Avery Williamson and other NFL players faced fines for wearing patriotic cleats during their season openers on the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. However, the NFL decided not to fine the players for the violation.

Weaver said he believes at some point, the NFL should make decisions 'scenario to scenario', or case by case, and not have all violations 'under the same umbrella'.

Weaver said he hasn't thought about how he will send the donation to Overton if he gets fined, but doesn't think it'll get to that point. 

"They'll wear him down in practice," Weaver said. "Until he wears regular shoes. It shouldn't have to be that way."

Weaver said if Overton does receive a fine, he and his wife will 'make do' with their promise.

Colts play the Pittsburgh Steelers at 5:30 p.m. on NBC Thanksgiving Day.

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