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Kevin Durant's flag football debut a huge success

A random message on Twitter brought together the Thunder star and OSU student George Overbey for a game neither will ever forget.
By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Published: November 1, 2011
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“As he was getting closer, it was kind of sinking in,” Overbey said. “When he told me he was exiting on Highway 51 I was like, ‘Wow, he's only 15 minutes away.'”

Through a friend and teammate who works at a printing company, Overbey had a team T-shirt printed for Durant. It had the team's name, “Sigma Nu” on the front and Durant's customary No. 35 etched on the back with his initials, “KD,” emblazoned above it.

Running late, Overbey and a friend hopped in Durant's black conversion van and jetted to the field.

On the way, the gang first blasted the tricked-out vehicle's stereo system. Then, Durant talked about Oklahoma State's upcoming game against Kansas State and asked when Bedlam is. Later, Durant inquired about when Sigma Nu's next intramural game was. Durant already was looking to set up his next appearance. Overbey told Durant the championship game had been played at Boone Pickens Stadium the past three years, and added Sigma Nu has won the title each of the past three years. Durant said he would return when he got his cleats — a football version of his signature KD IVs.

By the time the van pulled up to the intramural fields just after 10 p.m., hundreds had gathered. They went nuts when Durant emerged.

“That was a pretty cool feeling, just getting out of that van with KD,” Overbey said.

Playing quarterback and defensive back, Durant finished the game with four touchdowns to go with three intercepted passes. The crowd grew to well over 500 by game's end. Some, including Overbey, estimated the crowd to have reached more than 1,000. Durant stuck around to pose for pictures and sign autographs. He soon needed police escorts to make his way back to his van and out of town.

But it was unclear who enjoyed the night more, Durant or everyone else.

“I had soooo much fun at Oklahoma st playing flag football!,” Durant wrote on Twitter shortly after the game. “Shoutout my new buddy @groverbey (Overbey) for inviting me! I threw 4 tds and had 3 ints!!”

Overbey instantly became more popular. His Twitter account added roughly 400 more followers in less than 24 hours. He was sought after for interviews by local television stations and newspapers, as well as sports talk radio stations in Oklahoma City, Texas and Kansas. He even appeared on ESPN, recapping the event to “SportsCenter.”

“That was pretty sweet,” Overbey said.

Overbey initially was hesitant to accept media requests. He felt Durant might not have wanted him to pump life into his random act. But when Overbey texted his newest, most famous friend, Durant gave the green light.

Before hanging up with a reporter at the end of his last interview Tuesday, Overbey interrupted a goodbye to make one request.

Make KD look good.

“To see how a guy that successful, at that age, can be so humble despite having such a presence but still have the character that he does, it's incredible,” Overbey said. “It really is.”