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Pat McAfee: "Excited About Opportunity in City I Love"

Posted Mar 7, 2014

Pat McAfee and the Colts have agreed to terms on a contract the punter says will provide him five more years with Indianapolis. A seventh-round pick in 2009, McAfee has been a productive and deadly effective player for the Colts.



INDIANAPOLIS – While doing media rounds during the recent combine in Indianapolis, Pat McAfee said he did not want to listen to offers from other teams, that he was loyal and wanted to remain with the team he loves.

 

Today, his wish became reality – the Colts and McAfee have come to agreement on contract terms that will keep the 2009 seventh-round pick in the fold.

 

“So excited about the opportunity 2 have 5 more years in the city that I love.. Indianapolis, let’s win a lot of games and have fun doing it,” said McAfee via Twitter.

 

McAfee punted 76 times for a 46.0 average (including a 38.5 net mark) this past season, and he set a franchise standard with 27 punts inside the 20. 

 

It was the second straight year McAfee set the club mark in that category.  He had 26 in 2012.

 

Nine times in 2013 McAfee topped a 45-yard average in games, one of the most potent seasons in club history.

 

His outing against Denver in October was one of the best kicking demonstrations in the club’s Indianapolis era.

 

McAfee punted nine times for a 48.9-yard average, with six of his punts landing inside the Denver 20, a franchise single-game record.

 

Denver started possessions at its six-, two-, 16-, 10- and 15-yard lines after McAfee punts.  Another deep punt resulted in a strip-fumble which Indianapolis recovered to produce a subsequent touchdown.

 

On the six occasions McAfee pinned the Broncos deep, Denver produced only one first down.  The final one in the fourth quarter set up an interception that led to a field goal for a nine-point advantage in an eventual 39-33 triumph.  Those six punts aided in 19 Indianapolis points.

 

McAfee’s punts traveled 32, 45, 54, 60, 47, 48, 52, 51 and 50 yards and helped lead to Denver having a drive start average at its 25.  The 60-yard punt came directly after a 56-yarder had been negated by penalty.

 

All of eight McAfee’s kickoffs reached the end zone, producing four touchbacks.  His most shallow kick was four yards into the end zone. 

 

McAfee added one of the evening’s big plays when his vicious hit on Trindon Holliday ended a 56-yard kickoff return that Holliday brought from seven yards out.  Denver eventually scored on the drive, but Holliday was home-free until McAfee brought the lumber.

 

McAfee handled 86 kickoffs during the season, resulting in 41 touchbacks.  In two post-season games, he punted six times for a 51.7 average (44.7 net).

 

McAfee holds Colts career records in kickoffs (387), kickoff touchbacks (164), punting gross average (45.6) and punting net average (38.4).  He ranks fourth in franchise history in career punts (366) and punting yards (16,685) and third in punts inside the 20 (116).

 

In 2012, he set franchise seasonal records for gross average (48.2), net average (40.3) and five 50.0 average games, while tying the club mark with 45 touchbacks on kickoffs. 

 

One of the most popular Colts with his production and public visibility, McAfee (click here for profile) professes a love for his football brothers that matches his zeal for living.

 

“I’m kind of in it for the team.  I want to ride with my boys (until) the end,” said McAfee.  “(I’m) really pumped about it.  This is really cool.  This is a huge day.  I’m super excited to be back in Indianapolis, back in that locker room and hopefully win a bunch of games.”

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