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Patrick Justin McAfee (born May 2, 1987) is an American former football punter, who is both a football and professional wrestling analyst. He played eight seasons for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He was a placekicker at West Virginia and was drafted by the Colts in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

Pat McAfee
No.1 Indianapolis Colts
McAfee with the Colts in 2014
No. 1
Position:Punter
Personal information
Born: (1987-05-02) May 2, 1987 (age 32)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:233 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school:Plum (PA)
College:West Virginia
NFL Draft:2009 / Round: 7 / Pick: 222
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Punts:575
Punting yards:26,669
Punting average:46.4
Longest punt:74
Inside 20:193
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Since his retirement in February 2017, McAfee has been an analyst in football and professional wrestling. He guested for Fox Sports' college and NFL broadcasts in late 2018, before being announced as part of ESPN's Thursday Night College Football team in July 2019. He also guested for WWE's NXT TakeOver events during 2018, before signing a contract in February 2019, where he is being primarily used for live watch-alongs of the companies' pay-per-views. McAfee is also a stand-up comedian, and has performed in events around Indiana.[1]

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Early careerEdit

High schoolEdit

McAfee attended Plum High School in his hometown of Plum, Pennsylvania, playing both soccer and football. As a senior, he borrowed $100 from a friend and played poker at an illegal poker club, turning it into $1,400. He used the funds to finance a trip to Miami to participate in the final day of a national competition highlighting the best field goal kicking prospects in America. McAfee made nine consecutive field goals, starting at 25 yards and moving five yards out each time. He narrowly missed a 70-yard field goal, with the ball missing to the right but with enough distance to make it. After returning home, he was approached in the school's lunchroom by Tony Gibson, West Virginia's recruiting coordinator, who offered him a scholarship.[2]

College careerEdit

Freshman seasonEdit

McAfee earned the starting job at West Virginia as a freshman. He was 11-for-18 as a freshman on field goals, and had 70 kickoffs for the season with 20 being touchbacks. McAfee's most memorable moment came against Louisville in a 46–44 triple overtime win, which was reached after a successful McAfee onside kick. The onside kick gave running back Steve Slaton the chance to tie the game with a one-yard touchdown run.[3]

Sophomore seasonEdit

Although they had losses to Louisville and USF, the Mountaineers won ten games and were victors in the Gator Bowl over Georgia Tech.[4]

Junior seasonEdit

McAfee started his junior season with a missed extra point against Western Michigan, ending his streak of 106 consecutive extra points. He finished the season in the Fiesta Bowl with a 2 for 4 performance, having one kick blocked by Oklahoma. He was named to the ESPN All-Bowl Team following the bowl season.[5]

McAfee missed two relatively short field goals in WVU's 13–9 loss to a Pitt Panthers team with only 4 wins; ultimately taking the Mountaineers out of the BCS National Championship Game. He was named to the 2007 Lou Groza Award semi-finalist list for the best collegiate kicker. McAfee earned Big East Special Team Player of the week honors three times in 2007 and was named second-team All-Big East. He earned West Virginia's Scott Shirley Award for the second consecutive year.

Senior seasonEdit

McAfee began his senior year in a 48–21 season-opening victory over Villanova in which he kicked two field goals, including a career-long of 52-yards, six extra points, and two punts. In the following 27–3 win over Marshall, McAfee became the school record holder for all-time scoring with a field goal, passing Slaton. He went two for two on field goals to move to third place for the Big East record of career field goals made in a 34–17 victory over Auburn.

Perhaps McAfee's most memorable performance of the season came against Cincinnati on November 8. The Mountaineers trailed by 13 points with 1:11 left in regulation, but reduced the deficit to 3 points with a safety, touchdown, and two-point conversion, all in less than a minute. Departing fans came sprinting back into the stadium just in time to see McAfee's onside kick recovered with 18 seconds remaining.[citation needed] He would tie the game as time expired with a 52-yard field goal, but the Mountaineers would go on to lose in overtime.

McAfee finished his senior year with a career-best 44.7 yards per punt average, a Big East-leading 23 punts inside the 20-yard line, and a career-high 2,639 yards with a 65-yard long.

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draftEdit

Following his senior season at WVU, McAfee was invited to the 2009 Senior Bowl in Alabama, joining Mountaineers Pat White and Ellis Lankster. He started the Senior Bowl as the South team's kicker. McAfee performed in the 11th annual State Farm College Football All-Star Challenge, winning the "round the world" kicking competition. As he was not invited to the NFL Combine, he had team workouts with Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots, all as a kicker.[6]

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

McAfee was drafted in the seventh round (222nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. McAfee was signed before training camp. He handled punting and kick-off duties for the Colts in 2009, as well as holding for extra-points and field goals, a position he never held before.

McAfee maintained a 46.6-yard punting average for the 2011 regular season, a career-high mark. He would better that mark the following season by posting a 48.2-yard average on punts.[7]

On January 4, 2014, McAfee tweeted a photo with Colts teammate Andrew Luck in the background, almost completely nude.[8] McAfee, who was taking a picture of kicker Adam Vinatieri being interviewed in the locker room, apologized for the incident and was fined $10,000 by the Colts organization, according to his interview with The Bob & Tom Show.[9] On March 7, McAfee announced he had signed a five-year contract to remain with the Colts.[10]

McAfee was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September 2014. He led the NFL in punting average (45.6 yards) and touchbacks on kickoff (24), and converted the NFL's only two successful onside kicks in the first four weeks of the season.[11] In week 6, McAfee converted his third onside kick of the season, recovering the ball himself after it traveled the necessary 10 yards.[12] On December 23, 2014, McAfee was selected to play in his first Pro Bowl,[13] and on January 2, 2015, he was selected by the Associated Press as the First Team All-Pro punter.[14]

In October 2015, McAfee was on the field, and his name featured on the television chyron, during "The Worst Play in NFL History", although he was not at all involved in the play. McAfee has discussed the infamous moment in various interviews and on his own show.[15]

On December 20, 2016, McAfee was named to his second Pro Bowl.[16]

On February 2, 2017, after eight seasons, McAfee retired from the NFL and stated he intended to join Barstool Sports as a contributor. He cited his recent knee operation (his third in four seasons) as a factor in his decision, as well as his fractured relationship with Colts' general manager Ryan Grigson.[17][18]

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
Led the league
Bold Career high

Regular seasonEdit

Season Team Punting
GP Punts Yds Net Yds Lng Avg Net Avg Blk OOB Dn In 20 TB FC Ret RetY TD
2009 IND 16 64 2,837 2,416 60 44.3 37.8 0 0 7 21 6 15 36 301 0
2010 IND 15 65 2,731 2,302 66 42.0 35.4 0 3 8 21 7 22 25 289 1
2011 IND 16 88 4,098 3,488 64 46.6 39.2 1 8 11 21 3 18 48 550 1
2012 IND 16 73 3,520 2,985 64 48.2 40.3 1 10 9 26 8 14 32 375 1
2013 IND 16 76 3,499 2,963 65 46.0 38.5 1 8 15 27 7 17 29 396 1
2014 IND 16 69 3,221 2,956 61 46.7 42.8 0 7 5 30 3 19 35 205 0
2015 IND 16 85 4,052 3,546 63 47.7 41.7 0 7 13 28 6 23 36 386 3
2016 IND 16 55 2,711 2,392 74 49.3 42.7 1 7 5 19 9 17 17 139 0
Career 127 575 26,669 23,048 74 46.4 40.1 4 50 73 193 49 145 258 2,641 7

PostseasonEdit

Season Team Punting
GP Punts Yds Net Yds Lng Avg Net Avg Blk OOB Dn In 20 TB FC Ret RetY TD
2009 IND 3 12 550 514 56 45.8 42.8 0 0 0 3 1 7 4 16 0
2010 IND 1 4 153 138 46 38.3 34.5 0 0 1 1 0 2 1 15 0
2012 IND 1 4 194 137 53 48.5 34.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 57 0
2013 IND 2 6 310 268 58 51.7 44.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 42 0
2014 IND 2 8 375 296 68 46.9 37.0 0 1 1 1 3 0 3 19 0
Career 9 34 1,582 1,350 68 46.2 38.7 0 1 2 5 4 9 18 149 0

Post-playing careerEdit

Work with Barstool SportsEdit

Following his retirement from football at the close of the 2016–17 season, McAfee joined Barstool Sports, where he developed the "Heartland" division of the company in Indianapolis, where he hosted The Pat McAfee Show on SiriusXM channel Barstool Power 85. McAfee announced his separation from Barstool Sports on August 31, 2018, citing a lack of transparency with the business operations of the company as his reason for leaving.

Work with Fox Sports and ESPNEdit

On November 24, 2018, McAfee made his college football broadcasting debut on Fox, calling a college football game between Baylor and Texas Tech. On December 30, McAfee made his NFL broadcasting debut on Fox, joining Justin Kutcher, Robert Smith, and sideline reporter Sarah Kustok for the LionsPackers game.[19]

On July 29, 2019, Adam Schefter announced via Twitter that McAfee would be joining ESPN as the color analyst for their Thursday Night College Football broadcasts, alongside Matt Hasselbeck. Also, McAfee will be making regular weekly appearances on Get Up!. This news comes after McAfee made an unsuccessful bid for a spot on ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast.[20]

Work with DAZN and Westwood One RadioEdit

On August 7, 2019, McAfee announced he would be joining emerging sports media giant DAZN and Westwood One Radio for a daily two hour show from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST. McAfee will also be creating football-focused segments for DAZN Canada and Germany, where the streamer has NFL rights. DAZN will also begin streaming McAfee's podcast, expanding it to three times per week.[21]

Other appearancesEdit

McAfee is a regular on the nationally syndicated morning radio program The Bob & Tom Show. He has described co-host Bob Kevoian as one of his best friends during an interview on the Off the Air Podcast hosted by sports commentator Chick McGee.[22]

Professional wrestling careerEdit

A month before the NFL Draft, on March 22, 2009, McAfee was involved in a match against The WarPig at a IWA East Coast show in South Charleston, West Virginia. WarPig controlled much of the match, but McAfee hit him with a low blow and a super kick, securing an upset victory.[23] In March 2018, McAfee was present at an NXT show in Indianapolis, where he prevented Adam Cole from winning by DQ in his match against Aleister Black. Instead, McAfee's distraction was enough time for Black to recover and hit Cole with his finisher, Black Mass.[24]

WWEEdit

During 2018, McAfee began appearing on WWE programming as a pre-show analyst for the companies' NXT Takeover events, beginning with NXT TakeOver: New Orleans, where he continued his mini-feud with Adam Cole. He later appeared at NXT TakeOver: Chicago II,[25] NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4[26] and NXT TakeOver: WarGames. In December, it was reported that he had formally signed a multi-year contract with WWE,[27] and officially signed the contract in February 2019.[28][29] He then began hosting live watch-along of WWE's pay-per-views on YouTube, beginning with Fastlane, alongside a number of WWE wrestlers.[30] In the buildup to WrestleMania, McAfee, his crew and various special guests travelled venue to venue in an RV, which was filmed for Pat McAfee's Road to WrestleMania.[31] Backstage at the event, McAfee got into an argument with Michael Cole, when Cole had criticised him for wearing tuxedo shorts. McAfee threatened to quit on the spot, and was sent to another room while the situation was dealt with. After Vince McMahon was shown an image of LeBron James at the 2018 NBA Finals, and that the outfit was similar to the on McAfee was wearing for WrestleMania, McMahon approved and McAfee was allowed to co-host the second hour of the pre-show, alongside Charly Caruso.[32]

PhilanthropyEdit

The Pat McAfee Foundation is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of providing assistance for the sons and daughters of military personnel. McAfee worked closely with his father, Tim McAfee, to establish the foundation.[33]

In May 2016, McAfee created a company named Shirts for America, to serve as a sponsor for Indycar driver Conor Daly for the 2016 Indianapolis 500 and to support both the Pat McAfee Foundation and Wish for Our Heroes. [34]

In November 2011, McAfee chopped off his signature locks for Locks of Love, an organization that provides hairpieces for children who are suffering from long-term illness and are poor.[35]

Personal lifeEdit

On October 20, 2010, McAfee was arrested and charged with public intoxication, a Class B misdemeanor. McAfee had been found shirtless and wet, and alleged to have swum in a canal in Broad Ripple, a popular nightclub area, at approximately 5:15 that morning after being reported by a woman who found him near her car. Police reported that he tested with a blood alcohol content of 0.15.[36] The Colts later issued a one-game suspension to McAfee for his actions.[37] Two weeks after being arrested, McAfee issued an apology for his actions. "Obviously I made a dumb decision on a night when things got out of control," he said. "I will never put my team or my family through this kind of embarrassment again." Since the October 2010 arrest, McAfee has not had any run-ins with the law.[38]

On February 5, 2016, McAfee became a Guinness World Record Holder by successfully kicking a 40-yard field goal while blindfolded.[39]

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