Pat McAfee: 'I'm just trying to do my part'

Punter accepts 'Man of Year' honor with humility and humor.

Pat McAfee readily admitted in accepting the Indianapolis Colts’ “Man of the Year” award Wednesday that he’s “not your typical face of philanthropy.”

The personable punter spoke with humility, but managed to work in a few jokes at his own expense after receiving a plaque with an outdated picture from before he lost 15 pounds.

“This plaque is going to go in my kitchen, right there above my fridge,” the sixth-year pro said. “It’s going to look great.”

When serious, McAfee said the NFL has several shining examples of players doing the right thing in the community, that he’s one of many fortunate enough to be in a position to help.

“I’m so lucky to be a guy to serve the state of Indiana, serve the City of Indianapolis,” he said. “When I re-signed my deal here (last offseason), I made a promise to the Colts organization that I was going to be the best punter to ever step onto the field and I also made a promise that I was going to serve the Indianapolis community as much as I possibly can. It’s such an incredible honor.”

Head coach Chuck Pagano made the award presentation after his news conference. McAfee will be the Colts’ nominee for the NFL’s annual Walter Payton “Man of the Year” honor bestowed upon a player for contributions and leadership on and off the field.

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