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
Pat McAfee, retired punter of the Indianapolis Colts, who famously retired relatively early to join Barstool Sports and eventually launch his own Podcast and content creation company, will be the new voice of Thursday Night College Football for ESPN.
McAfee will be joining Adam Amin and former teammate Matt Hasselbeck in the booth. There wasn’t an official release of the specific roles each would be playing, but it can be expected Pat will bring a level of energy never seen or heard before on ESPN.
McAfee is also under contract with WWE, recently hosting watch-along events with other superstars during PPV’s and appearing on the NXT Takeover Pre-Show events. It is worth noting that the XFL will be launching in 2020, and due to his contracts with both WWE and ESPN, McAfee is now a front-runner to be involved with that project in some regard.
No matter what happens next, I’ll be watching a lot more Thursday night college football games and I’d expect a lot of people will be joining me in that.
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