The Indianapolis Colts have one of the best punters in the league in Pat McAfee, who is also one of the game’s most interesting players (you gotta drop in on his Twitter from time to time). McAfee put things bluntly with regards to his future and said, “I hope to be a Colt forever,” to the Indianapolis Star.
McAfee is set to be an unrestricted free agent, and I’m sure the fans would love to have him back. As Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star writes, the Colts co-captain on special teams is a fan favorite in Indianapolis and is an elite punter. His importance on this team transcends just punting, as McAfee is also a solid holder and an excellent kick-off specialist. McAfee, in fact, was rated by the Pro Football Focus as the third-best punter in the league this past season, as he finished fifth in the NFL in yards per punt and was PFF’s ninth-best kick-off specialist.
So the 25-year-old West Virginia alumn is certainly a valuable player to the Indianapolis Colts organization, because he is a leader, popular with the fans, one of the game’s best five punters, and he has value as a very good kick-off specialist.
2012 was a good season for McAfee, but he was even better in 2011. He set the Colts franchise record for most net yards per punt with 46.6 yards per punt whilst playing throw a torn meniscus. Yeah, that’s crazy. He was ranked sixth by PFF for the 2011 season.
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