Pat McAfee racking up AFC honors

Life is good for Colts punter Pat McAfee, who signed a new contract in the offseason and is enjoying his best NFL season.

When Pat McAfee agreed to a five-year, $14-million contract last offseason, the Indianapolis Colts punter promised general manager Ryan Grigson and Irsay ownership the team would get his very best.

And “Boomstick” is backing that up.

After shedding about 20 pounds in the offseason, he’s enjoying his best NFL season, the latest indication being named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for the first time in his six-year career. In the Colts’ 33-28 win at Houston on Oct. 9, he recovered his own onside kick, had four punts for 159 yards, three of them pinning the Texans inside the 20-yard line, and sent six kickoffs to the end zone for touchbacks.

The AFC’s Special Teams Player of the Month for September leads the NFL in punting net average (44.8 yards), kickoff touchbacks (33) and ranks sixth in punting gross average (47.5 yards).

McAfee and the Colts have recovered three onside kicks this season, whereas the rest of the league is 1-of-13.

Always an amusing personality, McAfee shared his thoughts Wednesday on receiving the league honor and about how he enjoyed a fan creating a Dos Equis meme which states, “I don’t always onside kick, but when I do, I recover it, too. Stay badass my friends.”

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