Trash-talking punter's latest boast: I can hit 75-yard field goals
JUN 24, 2014 10:41p ET
Long the ugly stepchild in locker rooms, the NFL kicker in recent years has seen quite a gain in popularity.
Postseason heroics of guys like Adam Vinatieri and record-setting efforts like Matt Prater's have helped kickers' credibility, but it's the increased strength in their legs and their smack talk where kickers really have made inroads.
And now one of the biggest trash-talking punters just set the bar at an all-time high — in the strength of his legs and his words.
The Indianapolis Colts' Pat McAfee, long a must-follow on Twitter, on Tuesday told the Indianapolis Star he wants to pull double duty one day (presumably after Vinatieri, the current Colts kicker, retires), and that if called upon now, he could connect from 75 yards out.
Again, 75 yards.
The current NFL record is 64 yards, and that just happened in December off the foot of Prater. In the mile-high altitude of Denver.
"We could legitimately go from 75 yards. Not even a question about it," McAfee told the Star. "I think in warm-ups I'd be able to hit from 80, like full strain. Probably try it a couple of times."
In 2011, McAfee released a video of him hitting from 75 in Whitewater, Wisc. Hard to judge the wind from the video, but the city sits at an elevation of 823 feet (or nearly 4,500 feet lower than Denver). See the feet (OK, the feat) for yourself:
Talking a big game is nothing new for McAfee (though admittedly he usually does his talking through Twitter).
For you haters, he has these tweets:
Tired of all these "Claims" and "says" talk by writers w/o doing research.. This video was filmed at sea level http://t.co/uWIRI4V5uz— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) June 24, 2014
Last week at practice I hit a 72 yard FG during our OTAs in Indianapolis.. I was asked "Could you hit from 75 in Denver?"... Thin air?.. Yes— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) June 24, 2014
I've been kicking 65 & 70 yd FGs since I was 18.. This is from a kicking camp when I was coming out of high school pic.twitter.com/0nwM9SE3Ug— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) June 24, 2014
So the "claims" & "says" stuff need 2 stop..Am I guaranteeing a make if I get the opportunity? No... But "Can" I make it? Absofreakinlutely— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) June 24, 2014
All right.. Moving on.. I hope you all have a fantastic day— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) June 24, 2014
And enjoy these, too:
I think a "Neighbors" type rival is about 2 happen.. Got home 2 some guy leaving a party driving right thru my yard.. Does this mean gameon?— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) June 22, 2014
Mama June is only 34 years old... #America— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) June 20, 2014
If little Midas McAfee cries to the ref and rolls around on the ground after getting "fouled" like these guys do.. He's grounded forever— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) June 19, 2014
Good morning. I hope you all have a wonderful Saturday. https://t.co/81yxB5v4cJ— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) March 29, 2014
And we're the 3 best friends that anyone can watch play on 4th downs for Indianapolis for at least 2 more years pic.twitter.com/TMJ2c3pUPV— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) March 11, 2014
And if this plan backfires, it wouldn't be the first time a Colts kicker put his foot in his mouth. Shortly after Indianapolis lost to the Jets in a wild-card game in January 2003, Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt criticized quarterback Peyton Manning and head coach Tony Dungy, questioning their mellow demeanors and their leadership.
And here was Manning's response at that season's Pro Bowl, which will live in infamy.
Vanderjagt was replaced by Vinatieri before the 2006 season — and the Colts won the Super Bowl in that first post-Vanderjagt season.
And let's enjoy some other classic moments in kicker revelry:
Justin Tucker via Baltimore Sports Report
Justin Tucker via BroBible.com
Jay Feely via Complex.com
And of course . . .
Bill Gramatica via totalsports.com
H/t: Eye On Football