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Pat McAfee Joining ESPN, Could XFL Role Be In The Works

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, former NFL punter Pat McAfee is joining ESPN. Since retiring from football in 2017, McAfee has been both a football and WWE analyst.

His role at ESPN will see him part of the Thursday night college football announcing team with Adam Amin and Matt Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck is a former teammate of McAfee’s from the Indianapolis Colts.

Could the McAfee hire be a sign that he could be part of XFL broadcasts once the league beings play in February of 2020? He has already worked several PPV’s for the WWE network, and Vince McMahon owns the XFL.

McAfee has worked for Barstool Sports, Fox Sports, and WWE before joining ESPN. He will not be exclusive to ESPN. As part of his agreement, he is allowed to continue working with other media outlets. His ESPN debut will take place Aug. 29 when UCLA plays Cincinnati.

Do you think Pat McAfee would be a good announcer for the XFL?

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  1. Jake Staskal

    August 1, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    I think McAfee would be a great announcer in the XFL. Definitely not a Play-By-Play guy but for sure a modern day John Madden/JJ Watt (look alike) /Micheal Waltrip type character in the booth. High energy and quick witted. Miles ahead of Chris Collinsworth or Dennis Miller…way more interesting also.

  2. ShawnMohr1981

    August 3, 2019 at 3:35 am

    I love the idea of Pat being an announcer for the XFL! I grew up as a Colts fan (and still am) so I can remember how good he was as a player, and yes, even as a punter he could pin teams in or around their own 5 yard line…plus Pat’s also a stand up comedian, so he could bring that humor (not and over abundance) that would be an equal tradeoff! So, yes, I’m all for it!!! 🙂

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