Pat McAfee is never afraid to speak his mind, and he did just that Tuesday afternoon when he was a guest on the Dan Dakich show. He talked about why he decided to retire, what kept him around longer than he expected, what ruined the Colts…oh, and how he can smash you in corn hole.
McAfee on why he started thinking about retiring three years ago:
“I was starting to get real jaded with the NFL with all the business that was happening. I was getting sick of life in the NFL. I couldn’t really do much. Every single thing I thought was comical, they didn’t appreciate very much. I felt like my time had come and gone almost.
“I felt like I wasn’t very embraced. I wasn’t being celebrated, I was being tolerated. I was like, ‘Man I’m selling a lot of jerseys. I’m making a lot of money for this place and I’m being treated like I’m some jailbird, like a terrible human.’”
McAfee on the relationship between his parents and Ryan Grigson:
“I was older, so my parents knew a lot of the people in the stadiums and the security people. They were very present. Every single time, my mom would talk to players and coaches, basically everybody. (Grigson) was just on his high horse. He was better and smarter than everybody, which is cool if you win. But if you suck and you act like that, it’s a recipe for failure.”
McAfee on edibles:
“I am a big advocate for THC and edibles being a replacement to opioids. My knees are terrible … whenever I indulge in an edible, my knees feel better.”
McAfee on what kept him from retiring before the 2016 season:
“I was going to retire the year before. I was ready to do it. Then I went on the USO trip with Chuck Pagano and we sat next to each other for 14 hours on a flight. It was a full hash it out moment, where basically I laid out everything I wasn’t enjoying about what the building had become – the atmosphere, the culture.”
McAfee on how the Colts got rid of part of Peyton Manning’s memory from the Colts complex:
“Basically, everything got sucked out of that place whenever the new regime came in. They painted over this wall that had Unitas on it, Peyton on it, the Super Bowl trophy. They painted over it, made it gray. It was the ‘Indianapolis Grigsons’ immediately. The building suffered for it … it became a place that I hated going to work.”
McAfee on why he’s so much better than you at corn hole:
“Anybody in Indiana who wants to get worked in corn hole, I will absolutely put you in a 21-zip blender if you want. You can show up on Twitter, tell me how you’re great in your neighborhood, I’ll show up on your boards, with your bags, in front of your family and you will put zero points on the board.”