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Sunday, February 7, 2010
Matt Stover gives Colts a 3-0 lead

By Calvin Watkins

MIAMI -- Colts 42 year old kicker Matt Stover, a Lake Highlands product, scored the first points of the game, a 38-yard field goal with 7:29 to play in the opening quarter here at Super Bowl XLIV.

It's been an emotional ride for Stover, who's mother is in a Dallas hospital recovering from surgery from a brain tumor. Stover said he's dedicating the postseason run to his 76-year old mom, Tasia Stover.

Tasia Stover underwent surgery in early January during the Colts' playoff run.

“It’s been an opportunity for me as a son, just to bring some happiness,” Stover said this week. “To me, just for them to say, ‘That’s my son up there on TV. That’s Ok. I know what my mom wants. She wants me to kick well and she doesn’t want me to be a distraction to her, and I made peace with her a long time ago. Meaning, we’re very close and we stay together. Very close. It’s a privilege for me to kick for her.”

Stover's future with the team is in doubt because he's a free agent after the season and the Colts have Adam Vinatieri recovering from knee surgery.