A former professional footballer has signed a multi-year contract with the WWE. Pat McAfee, who was as a punter with the NFL team Indiana Colts, will be joining the WWE as a kickoff show panelist.
McAfee is a huge wrestling fan. He made an appearance at an NXT live event earlier this year as a special guest ring announcer.
McAfee was supposed to just announce a match between Aleister Black and Adam Cole, but he actually interfered in the match, allowing Black to win.
Then, during the Wrestlemania weekend, McAfee was a kickoff show panelist for NXT:TakeOver New Orleans. He has since become a regular panelist for NXT TakeOver kickoff shows.
McAfee announced on his podcast that he has formally signed a contract with the WWE.
“WWE has formally offered me a multi-year contract. Who knows what we’re going to be doing over there, they just want me to come make some content. And we’ll see where it goes. I am very excited for this. This is a dream come true,” he said.
If you want to hear the entire podcast where McAfee made his announcement, here is a YouTube video:
McAfee will be continuing his role as a kickoff show panelist for future TakeOver shows. The Pro Wrestling Sheet also reports that he will be providing the WWE with digital content.
McAfee was a punter with the Indiana Colts for eight years. He retired from the NFL back in 2016. During his time in the NFL, McAfee was selected to play in the Pro Bowl twice (in 2014 and 2016). He was also selected as the First Team All-Pro punter in 2015 by the Associated Press.