Nov 1, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT
Despite his whirlwind summer of dropping tons of points onto the faces of every opponent he’s faced on the basketball court, Oklahoma City Thunder superstar forward Kevin Durant was bored. A simple tweet of, “This lockout is really boring..anybody playing flag football in Okc..I need to run around or something!” changed all that.
Oklahoma State student George Overbey saw Durant’s tweet and jumped at the opportunity. All of a sudden, No. 35 was dashing around an Oklahoma State intramural field for the Sigma Nu flag football team, passing for four touchdowns, picking off three passes and stealing all of LeBron James’ dreams.
George Overbey, a member of Sigma Nu, saw the tweet after class and decided to Tweet back at his favorite player, not expecting a response.
“About five minutes later I get a retweet from him,” Overbey said. “He goes, ‘Can you play?’ And I go, ‘Can you catch?’”
Through direct message, specifics were drawn out and numbers were exchanged. And there Durant was, outside of Overbey’s house, ready to put on his Sigma Nu 35 KD jersey.
“He picked me and my buddy up,” Overbey said. “He’s got a big, big van. He didn’t have a limo…When his car pulled up to my house, I was like, ‘this is really happening.’”
And once Durant made his way to the intramural field, word got out quickly — there was an NBA superstar in Stillwater. By the time Durant had picked off the first of his three interceptions, the field was packed. College kids filling the sidelines, police patrolling the area.
“This is probably the coolest moment of my life,” Overbey said. “It was a blast. I’m pretty stoked…When is Lebron or Kobe — the best basketball player in the world going to come up here and hang out with Stillwater kids. It says a lot about Oklahoma City. It says a lot about Kevin Durant. We love him here.”
Though his body would last about one hit on an NFL football field, in the intramural flag football world his wondrous athletic ability continued to do wondrous things. Check out early in the video when he’s faced with a pass rush that he deftly avoids by lifting his arms to display his almost impossible to grab skeleton physique, followed by a slightly underthrown bomb that goes for about a 30-yard gain. Nobody likes a perfect hero, and Durant’s physical flaws make his achievements even more impressive.
Durant, for the record, had a blast. From his Twitter:
“I had soooo much fun at Oklahoma st playing flag football! Shoutout my new buddy (George Overbey) for inviting me! I threw 4 tds and had 3 ints!!”
Kevin Durant Plays Intramural Flag Football with Oklahoma State Students [Kevin Durant 35]
Kevin Durant plays IM flag football game, bets challenged by LeBron [Larry Brown Sports]
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