Many football fans (and some players) reserve scorn for kickers and punters. They see them as not equal to the rest of the team. But that shortchanges them and their prodigious skills. Kickers and punters are specialists. While they may not tackle (most of the time) or block, they do have a skill that no one else on the team can carry out.
Pat McAfee was an NFL punter, and an excellent one at that. Now he’s retired and his post-NFL ventures may even be more successful than his playing career. With that in mind, what has McAfee been up to in retirement, and what is his net worth? Let’s take a look.
Pat McAfee’s NFL career
McAfee played college football at the University of West Virginia before the Indianapolis Colts drafted him with the 222nd overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft. McAfee was the punter for the Colts for eight years.
During his stint there, the AFC selected him to two Pro Bowls and one All-Pro team. He kicked for a touchback 53.1% of the time on kickoffs as well. McAfee called it quits somewhat early, retiring when he turned 29. Frequent knee injuries were the reasons for McAfee’s early exit from the game.
Immediately following his retirement, Pat McAfee signed a deal with Barstool Sports to develop content for their platform. It was a match made in heaven. McAfee is well-spoken, charismatic, and opinionated.
Not everyone can succeed in a post-playing career media role, but McAfee has thrived in it. He left Barstool to join ESPN, where he now is a college football analyst. McAfee also has a popular radio show and a popular podcast (The Pat McAfee Show 2.0).
McAfee has been discussed as a potential Monday Night Football replacement for the departing Booger McFarland. He did a fine job covering Thursday Night college football on ESPN this past season.
McAfee can be rather outspoken, so it wouldn’t be shocking if ESPN went with a safer pick who’s not looking to rock the boat. But for a once-great franchise that is lagging in relevancy, Monday Night Football could use the shot in the arm McAfee would no doubt provide.
What is Pat McAfee’s net worth?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, McAfee’s net worth is rumored to be $8 million. Spotrac has his career earnings at just over $15 million. The biggest deal of his career came from the Colts in 2014, when they signed him to a five-year, $14 million contract.
Along with his ESPN and radio/podcasting career, McAfee has also served as a part-time analyst with WWE, appearing on some of their programming to provide his insights.
It’s clear that McAfee has made a seamless transition from the NFL sideline to a post-retirement career. The question is, what is next for McAfee? He has quite a successful media career now, but will he take the next step? Will he get that highly coveted Monday Night Football position, or will ESPN opt for someone less controversial?
The great thing about sports media in the current landscape is that even if McAfee doesn’t land the Monday Night Football gig, it doesn’t much matter. While a high-profile position with ESPN, Fox, or CBS covering pro or college football would certainly help his stature, McAfee already has a well-established platform through his radio show and podcast.
As long as McAfee remains entertaining (and if you’ve listened to him on TV, you know that’s no problem), he’ll have a successful media career.
All stats courtesy of ProFootball Reference