Seattle Sports: Update on NFL players with State of Washington ties

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Overton, J-Stew, and the #1

Matt Overton, long snapper, Jacksonville Jaguars: He played his high school ball at Tracy High School in Tracy, California then went on to Western Washington. Overton started two years as a defensive end and was also the long snapper.

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He had a couple stints on the Seahawks practice squad. From 2012 through 2016, he was the snapper for Indianapolis. After his release from Indy, Jacksonville picked him up in 2017 and kept him for nine games before being cut again. The Jags recently brought him back due to an injury to their regular long snapper Carson Tinker.

Jonathan Stewart, running back, New York Giants: J-Stew is from Lacy, Washington and attended Timberline High School. He went on to the University of Oregon where he ran for 2891 yards and scored 27 touchdowns over three seasons.

The Carolina Panthers selected him in the first round,13th overall in 2008. He played all his years from 2008 through 2017 with the Panthers. Stewart is the Panthers career leader in rushing yards with 7318. He also had 51 touchdowns. This March, he signed a free agent contract with the New York Giants. So far Stewart appeared in only three games this year with six carriers.

Alex Smith, quarterback, Washington Redskins: Born in Bremerton, Washington, he spent much of his childhood in La Mesa, California. Smith played three years of college ball at the University of Utah and was drafted number one overall by the San Francisco 49ers in 2005.

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Smith was a Niner played from 2005 through 2012. The 49ers traded Smith to Kansas City on March 12, 2013, where he played through 2017. The Chiefs traded him to Washington this past March. This year he has started all five games for the Skins, throwing 171 passes completing 110 for 1205 yards six touchdowns and two interceptions.