ESPN is looking for a new lead analyst after Witten resumed his NFL playing career and returned to the Dallas Cowboys. McAfee sensed an opportunity, sending a message to his Twitter followers and including a clip of his work in the booth for FS1's coverage of Baylor's 35-24 win over Texas Tech last November.
Pat McAfee @PatMcAfeeShow
ZERO CHANCE I get the gig w/o the internet. If u’re up 4 it, could u tag every @espn/@ESPNNFL post w/ #McAfeeForMNF & #DoTheRightThingESPN.. We will earn this job together. I NEED YOU & all of ur friends help. Spread the love, let’s make #MNF MUST-WATCH https://t.co/Myn8MkCcmo
McAfee has already received one endorsement from a surefire Hall of Famer:
To McAfee's credit, he's more experienced than Witten was when he joined Monday Night Football immediately after retiring in May 2018.
In addition to his duties with Fox Sports, the 31-year-old has shown up on WWE Network as part of the pre-show panel for NXT events.
McAfee spent seven seasons in the NFL, all with the Colts. He was a Pro Bowler in 2014 and 2016 and a first-team All-Pro in 2014 as well.