Pat McAfee almost retired a year earlier than he did cheap elite jerseys
Colts punter Pat McAfee surprised everyone a year ago by retiring early from the NFL. In a visit to Friday’s PFT Live, the Barstool Heartland personality explained that he nearly retired a year earlier.
Coach Chuck Pagano talked McAfee out of leaving after the 2015 season, during a flight back from an overseas USO Tour. After 2016, McAfee left — even though his mortal enemy, G.M. Ryan Grigson, had finally been fired.
That’s probably the extent of the actual football discussion during the 15 minutes or so with McAfee. Which made it a nice break from the 20-plus football interviews conducted throughout the week at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
For the full experience, check out the video.
Pat McAfee endorses Reich as new Colts head coach
The Colts introduce their new head coach at a 3:30 p.m. news conference Tuesday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Unlike Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Frank Reich is fully committed in his return to where his NFL coaching career began.
One of the quarterbacks Reich coached in Indianapolis is better known for his punting and kicking, or today perhaps his comedy and new media company, Barstool Heartland. Pat McAfee is the star and chief operating officer of Barstool Heartland since retiring from football. He gave his endorsement for the hiring of Frank Reich on his SiriusXM radio show Monday afternoon.
“The Colts name Frank Reich new head coach, sign him to a five-year deal. The Colts win in this particular situation,” McAfee said during the final segment of his show broadcast from the Barstool Heartland downtown Indianapolis studios.
Reich was the Colts quarterbacks coach when McAfee was drafted in 2009.
“I would be the emergency quarterback, third string quarterback because I could throw the ball and run a bit,” said McAfee in an interview after the show. “Frank Reich, who was the quarterback coach at the time, immediately became my quarterback coach. We would take snaps once a week. I knew three, five step drops. I had like 12 to 14 plays. He was so patient, so upbeat, so knowledgeable. I think his aura will radiate throughout the building. I think it’s something the Colts facility has been missing for quite some time now.”
McAfee learned the basics of NFL quarterback while Reich worked primarily with Peyton Manning.
“Watching Peyton look to this guy for advice and to lean on this guy was awesome,” said McAfee.
Reich led the greatest comeback in NFL playoff history in a January 3, 1993 wildcard game. As a backup quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, Reich brought the Buffalo Bills back from a 35-3 deficit to beat the Houston Oilers, 41-38. McAfee thinks the Colts backup choice for head coach can make a great comeback in Indianapolis.
“If Frank Reich comes in here and does what everyone is expecting him to do, which is change the culture, make it an upbeat place, make it a happy place to go to work, make it a successful corporation, nobody will even remember the fact that McDaniels spurned us before even getting to his press conference. But people will remember that they hate the Patriots and that the Colts are great again. Frank Reich brings this sense of calm, cool, and collectiveness that is needed in that building for not just the players — equipment managers, athletic trainers, business — to really hopefully bring that entire building to harmony.”
McAfee kidded that he was hoping he would get an interview for the Colts coaching vacancy after McDaniels backed out of his verbal agreement last week.
“I think I could have done it. They already had a defensive coordinator signed. I mean you sign an offensive coordinator, all I have to do is motivate and set a schedule. I mean I can do that. Let them run their things and let’s keep it moving. But (Colts general manager Chris) Ballard went with a much better choice I assume in Frank Reich.”
So the former emergency quarterback will keep his on-air job. McAfee is planning to be at the news conference Tuesday to ask his old quarterbacks coach a few questions.