Former Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee has had quite the interesting post-football career. In 2017, he famously and abruptly retired from the NFL at just 29, ostensibly in his punting prime.
From there, he has dabbled as a stand-up comedian, radio host, and personality for Barstool Sports. Most recently, he has transitioned into a more traditional media role, while maintaining his very nontraditional style.
This year, McAfee got a shot calling his first NFL game, making his debut for a Week 17 Packers-Lions bout. During that one, he got the chance to chime in when one of his fellow specialists, Lions’ Matt Prater, threw a beautiful touchdown pass to tight end Levine Toilolo.
He was very excited, and based on the reaction online, people were largely into it.
With Jason Witten’s Monday Night Football analyst role opening up, Pat McAfee has some support.
Witten surprised the football world last week, stepping away from ESPN after one year to return to the Dallas Cowboys. He was clearly a work in progress as an analyst, but no one expected him to be one-and-done in the role.
No announcements have been made by ESPN yet. Most assume that Joe Tessitore will be back as the play-by-play man. We know that the controversial Booger Mobile is dead, but Booger MacFarland could also return and join Tess in the booth.
It sounds like some NFL players would like to see McAfee replace Witten as the booth’s third voice.
Houston Texans long snapper Jon Weeks was recently a guest on the “Face the Football Facts” podcast with The Spun’s Chris Rosvoglou. He says that McAfee has the support of the league’s specialists to land the MNF gig.
The conversation about McAfee starts around 17 minutes in.
“Pat was an amazing football player, and has found his niche doing announcing and he’s doing a great job with it. I think if you were to ask all the specialists, we want Pat for Monday Night Football. So, if we could somehow start that one, start getting McAfee, spread it around for the Monday Night Football broadcast, that would be the best.”
Weeks, a Baylor alumnus, said that he was impressed at McAfee’s call of the Bears’ game against Texas Tech for FS1. He also thinks McAfee would help grow appreciation for football specialists as a whole.
McAfee would definitely be an unconventional choice, but Monday Night Football has historically taken some risks with its broadcast teams, for better or worse. Obviously, ESPN tried to recreate CBS’s Tony Romo magic by plucking Witten right out of the league, but before that, Pardon The Interruption‘s Tony Kornheiser did games from 2006-2008, and comedian and former Saturday Night Live cast member Dennis Miller served as the color commentator from 2000-2001.