Overbaugh gets first taste of NFL in front of record L.A. crowd

August 14, 2016

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Jeff Overbaugh

Close to 90,000 fans packed into the Coliseum last night to help welcome the Los Angeles Rams back to the NFL.

They also watched Jeff Overbaugh of Anchorage get his first taste of professional football.

The undrafted rookie long snapper out of San Diego State played on special teams for the Rams in a 28-24 preseason victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

The crowd of 89,140 was highest attendance of any preseason game in NFL history.

“It was awesome,” he told me. “It was a tremendous experience to be a part of the Rams return to Los Angeles. The atmosphere was incredible. It was surreal to play in the Coliseum in front of nearly 90,000 people.”

The homecoming even featured a made-for-Hollywood ending after the Rams scored the go-ahead touchdown inside the final two minutes.

“Have to love a comeback win like that,” he said.

Overbaugh, of Service High fame, is in competition with another long snapper to make the final roster for the Rams. The 6-foot, 235-pounder has three more preseason games to impress the coaches.

As for his first test in the trenches, he felt like he held his own.

“The physicality wasn’t much different than what I am used to,” said Overbaugh, who wears jersey No. 42. “I felt prepared for the game, but always, I know I can improve.”