It may be hard to avoid Pat McAfee. The former Indianapolis Colts punter is one of the hottest media commodities.
McAfee’s talk show debuted Monday morning on DAZN (DA’-zone) in the U.S. and Canada as well as Westwood One radio in 40 cities. This is in addition to calling Thursday night college games on ESPN and weekly in-season appearances on “Get Up!”
As part of the deal with DAZN and Westwood One, McAfee’s podcast will expand from two to three times per week. He will also continue to do commentary for World Wrestling Entertainment. It is not a bad rise for someone who describes himself as “an anonymous guy who kicked the ball on fourth down.”
“I’m definitely going to be busy, but I am going to enjoy it,” McAfee said before Monday’s show. “There is a lot of coordination and planning involved, but it is a dream come true for me and my friends.”
It also marks DAZN’s first talk show as executive vice president Jamie Horowitz expands the network’s portfolio beyond boxing and MMA. The show will air weekdays from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. EDT.
“This is a great moment for DAZN because we are adding a media brand and someone who is very interested in learning about the business,” Horowitz said.
McAfee has been on a steady rise he retired from the NFL after the 2016 season. He worked for Barstool Sports for close to two years before leaving over a disagreement about profit sharing.
McAfee said DAZN allows him to expand beyond . He will contribute to DAZN’s nightly MLB “ChangeUp” show while being part of the boxing and MMA coverage.
McAfee’s show will be based out of Indianapolis most of the week. He will broadcast from the site of his ESPN game on Thursday and in New York on mornings when he appears on “Get Up!”
“I’m going to try to keep the show upbeat and provide a bit of a mental vacation for those who tune in,” McAfee said. “I’m going to enjoy it.”
Monday’s show featured analysis of Sunday’s NFL games as well as an interview with WWE executive vice president Paul “Triple H” Levesque.