The whirlwind of activity in the Colts’ front office continues in earnest today, as Indianapolis has re-signed Pat McAfee to a five-year contract.
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
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) March 7, 2014
After just five seasons, McAfee holds the Colts’ franchise records for single season punt average (48.2 in 2012) along with a number of other impressive franchise marks. From Colts.com:
McAfee punted 76 times for 3,499 yards (46.0 avg., 38.5 net) in 2013 and set a franchise single-season record with 27 punts pinned inside the 20-yard line, breaking his previous record of 26 in 2012. He also set a single-game franchise record with six punts pinned inside the 20 in Week 7 against Denver. McAfee handled 86 kickoffs during the season, resulting in 41 touchbacks. In two postseason games, he totaled six punts for 310 yards (51.7 avg., 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 also ranks fourth in franchise history in career punts (366) and punting yards (16,685) and third in punts inside the 20 (116). In 2012, McAfee set franchise single-season records for gross punting average (48.2), net punting average (40.3) and games averaging 50-plus gross yards per punt (five) while tying the record for kickoff touchbacks (45). In 2009, he was named to the PFW/PFWA and The Sporting News NFL All-Rookie Teams. McAfee was originally selected by the Colts in the seventh round (222nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft out of West Virginia University.
Aside from being steadily impressive on the field, McAfee is beyond valuable off it. Here’s just a little of McAfee’s higher profile charitable work form 2013:
– Awarding scholarships to children of military families through his foundation
– Helping out with the Books for Youth Initiative
– Hosting a talent show with Matt Overton at the IU Dance Marathon (for Riley Hospital)
– Joining hosts Robert Mathis and the Pacers’ Roy Hibbert, along with several Colts, Pacers, and Fever players, for the annual Caroline Symmes Memorial Celebrity Softball Challenge (for the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund)
– And, of course, the special halftime surprise military homecoming last November.
Having the popular McAfee on board for another five years is a public relations no-brainer and a smart football move. Welcome back to Indy, #Boomstick.
One more McAfee moment, in celebration of the re-signing: