Pat McAfee recently struck a deal to bring his namesake sports commentary show to ESPN. The former NFL player had been receiving backlash after the sports network announced layoffs and many viewers are correlating that it has to do with McAfee.
Now that it is starting to die down a bit, McAfee has some huge news to tease to his fans.
McAfee teased an appearance at the ESPYs which kick off on Wednesday.
“I do believe I’m going to have a microphone at the ESPYs,” McAfee said.
McAfee added he expects to appear “pretty early in the program.”
“Feel real good where we’re at right now,” McAfee said. “Got a couple days to kind of piece some things together. I will have a microphone on Wednesday night at the ESPYs, and I’m honored for that. I’m pumped for that. I’m thankful for that. And I can’t wait for that.”
Because of the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike, the ESPYs will be without a host.
Within the past week or so, ESPN cut about 20 on-air personalities from its airwaves, including College GameDay’s David Pollack, Jalen Rose, and Jordan Cornette. Other analysts and reporters that were axed included Suzy Kolber, Max Kellerman, Jeff Van Gundy, Keyshawn Johnson, Matt Hasselbeck, Chris Chelios, Steve Young, Rob Ninkovich, Neil Everett, Ashley Brewer, Joon Lee, LaPhonso Ellis, Todd McShay, and Jason Fitz.
McAfee’s career continues to flourish after his retirement from the NFL. In December of 2021, McAfee reached a four-year, $120 million deal with FanDuel. His new deal with ESPN is worth $85 million over five years. During his eight seasons in the NFL, McAfee totaled just a little over $15 million, according to Spotrac.
He and his friends have built their show up into one of the most-watched sports shows on the internet and did it all from scratch.
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