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.
For our brand: Pat McAfee, who considered a return to the NFL, will contribute to ESPN this season as a color analyst on Thursday night college football primetime games, as well as make regular appearances on Get Up. McAfee and Matt Hasselbeck are teammates again on Thursdays.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 29, 2019
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.
Ladies and gentlemen… I’m the luckiest dude on earth.— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) July 29, 2019
Thursday nights are about to be a GREAT time on @ESPN with @Hasselbeck, @AdamAmin, and @MollyAMcGrath.
We’re just getting started beautiful people… pic.twitter.com/klS64uDFqe
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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.
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!!! 🙂