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Pat McAfee Reportedly Joining ESPN's 'College GameDay' as Full-Time Member

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 7, 2022

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Soon, there will be no way to avoid Pat McAfee.

The New York Post's Andrew Marchand reported Tuesday that McAfee agreed to a deal with ESPN to join College GameDay in a full-time role. The former NFL punter commented on the story on social media:

Pat McAfee @PatMcAfeeShow

It’s an absolute honor 2 have this tweet tweeted about me.<br><br>GameDay is a show that I’ve been a fan of FOREVER<br><br>So many moving parts including real cool conversations w/ the fine folks from WWE..all moved quickly<br><br>Will lead show manana w/ all the deets<br><br>🗣 DUMBEST LIFE OF ALL TIME <a href="https://t.co/wC4vhzUJIv">https://t.co/wC4vhzUJIv</a>

McAfee also addressed the move Wednesday on the Pat McAfee Show. His duties as a color commentator for WWE's SmackDown will be put on hold for the time being because of the difficulty in traveling from that show on Friday nights to College GameDay on Saturday morning. He added he's "very much in the WWE family" (warning: video contains profanity):

Pat McAfee @PatMcAfeeShow

SmackDAHN will be on hold for a little bit while I do College GameDay.. I'm still VERY much in the WWE family &amp; will still be doing things with WWE<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PMSLive?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PMSLive</a> <a href="https://t.co/bhSpOYg3wW">pic.twitter.com/bhSpOYg3wW</a>

McAfee had a solid eight-year run with the Indianapolis Colts, reaching two Pro Bowls and earning first-team All-Pro honors in 2014. But his broadcasting career has already exceeded what he did on the field.

In addition to his successful daily talk show and his move to WWE, the 35-year-old has worked on a color analyst for Thursday night college football games on ESPN. Starting this year, he'll also work on alternate broadcasts for select games, similar to the ManningCast for Monday Night Football.

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