Pat McAfee has made quite a name for himself since leaving WVU and entering the NFL in 2009. The Indianapolis Colts punter has become a household name in Indianapolis and is now known around the league.
McAfee was honored by the Colts this season with their Man of the Year award. This award is given based on off-the-field work in the community.
Each of the 32 teams select a Man of the Year, and they will all be in the running for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award.
This award is obviously quite different from his on-field accolades like AFC Special Teams Player of the Week and Month and Pro Bowl honors.
McAfee is most known for his help with veterans. He formed the Pat McAfee Foundation to assist with education of children of U.S. Military personnel and has given more than $60,000 to recipients since 2013.
He started the #ThankAHero campaign and partners with Wish For Our Heroes. He also really stepped up to the plate last year when Indiana communities were hit by tornados by raising $40,000 in just 48 hours for the victims.
“If you look hard enough, you could see it as an opportunity,” McAfee said in a statement released by the team. “It was an opportunity to prove that no matter what the situation, no matter what the triumph, we will always have each other’s back.”
“Pat embodies everything of what we call a Colt. He’s a pillar guy,” boasted Colts head coach Chuck Pagano in a team release.
For more detailed accounts of McAfee’s charitable work, you can go here.
For more information on the Pat McAfee Foundation, visit www.thepatmcafeefoundation.org.