Pat McAfee Contemplated Suicide After 2007 Backyard Brawl

Pat McAfee has traveled to various destinations on his journey in life. Before he became the popular host of The Pat McAfee Show or the face of WWE Smackdownhe was a two-time Pro Bowl punter for the Colts, retiring in 2017.

Every athlete, even McAfee, remembers moments of recognition and the feeling of beginning a new chapter of life after football. Even before those moments and his eight-year career in the NFL, McAfee was a punter for the West Virginia football team under Rich Rodriguez.

Fifteen years ago McAfee, a Plum, Pa., native, McAfee missed two critical first-half field goals of 20 and 32 yards against Pitt, the Mountaineers’ biggest rival. The misses aided in WVU’s 13–9 loss at Milan Puskar Stadium and cost the program a chance to play in the BCS championship game. After an 11-year hiatus, the rivalry between the two schools known as the Backyard Brawl returns Thursday.