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Pittsburgh Native Pat McAfee Added to ESPN Thursday Night Football Crew



Pittsburgh native and former Plum, West Virginia and Indianapolis Colts punter and kicker Pat McAfee will broadcast NFL games during the upcoming 2019 season, ESPN announced on Monday.

McAfee will be a part of ESPN’s Thursday Night Football broadcast team, along with play-by-play broadcaster Adam Amin, analyst Matt Hasselback and sideline reporter Molly McGrath. McAfee will also making regular appearances on the network’s Get Up! morning show with Mike Greenberg, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

McAfee, 32, retired from the NFL after knee surgery in 2017 to host a podcast with Barstool Sports. He coined the hashtag #ForTheBrand to highlight the abilities and accomplishments of specialists. McAfee has previously worked a couple of NFL games and also has done commentary for WWE.

He played for eight NFL seasons, all with the Colts and was named to two Pro Bowls. His career punting average was 46.4 yards.

At West Virginia, he was a first-team All-American in 2008 and handled kicking and punting duties and was part of the school’s Fiesta Bowl win after the 2007 season.