Pat McAfee: “I was going to kick field goals for the Bears. Chuck Pagano is their defensive coordinator now -- he was the head coach for the Colts for a long time and a friend of mine -- and they were obviously looking for a kicker after the situation last year with Cody Parkey… They hired a kicking consultant who was actually my kicking coach out of college, so it seemed like all the stars were aligning for a potential comeback. I put it through an entire stress test with their kicking coach and the ball was flying well. I think I was going to be the first guy in the history of the league that both punted AND kicked successfully in the NFL. But I got on a plane and my old a** knee just started to swell up. I couldn’t even get to the bathroom! It was like a moment between me and my knee, and my knee was literally talking to me going ‘Hey man, we’re not doing this again, let’s just talk into microphones, enjoy our lives, have some vitamins, and let’s not get into the rigors of kicking again’. I was all-in and was ready to do this." (FULL Audio at Bottom of Page).
With the Chicago Bears kicking job infamously vacant, McAfee said he was approached by the Chicago Bears to become their full-time kicker and punter.
McAfee said the stars seemed to be aligning, with his former Colts coach Chuck Pagano now the defensive coordinator for the Bears, and his old kicking coach now a kicking consultant with the team.
Check out the interview below as the popular radio host explains why he ALMOST came out of retirement, and why he ultimately decided not to.