Former Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee on Monday confirmed a published report that he would join ESPN this season as a color analyst on Thursday night college football primetime games.
He will team up on the broadcasts with former Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.
“I’m so excited and ecstatic to get in the booth,” McAfee said in a video posted on his Twitter account. “I’ve only been in the booth twice, but I had the time of my life in there.”
ESPN reporter Adam Schefter broke the news, also saying that McAfee will make regular appearances on ESPN’s morning show, “Get Up,” with Mike Greenberg and former Indiana Pacer Jalen Rose.
McAfee, 32, spent eight seasons in Indianapolis before retiring in 2016. Even during his playing days, he flirted with standup comedy. In 2017, he was instrumental in launching Barstool Heartland, a media company in Indianapolis focusing on satirical sports content and men’s lifestyle issues.
He left the organization in 2018, expressing disillusionment with the corporate side of the business. He since has dabbled in sports announcing, including a Lions vs. Packers game on Fox Sports on Dec. 30.