For Detroit Lions fans, there probably isn’t a lot to look forward to in the team’s 2018 season finale against the Green Bay Packers. They can’t make the playoffs. They won’t be playing spoiler. Though they do have a chance to sweep the Packers in back-to-back years—something they haven’t done in 30 years.
However, there is another reason to watch Sunday’s game. Former Colts punter Pat McAfee will be in the broadcast booth for FOX making his NFL analyst debut.
McAfee has found a post-playing career as a sports personality, podcaster and overall hilarious Tweeter. His #Brand first expanded with Barstool Sports, where he established The Pat McAfee Show on SiriusXM. Since then, he has parted ways with Barstool, but remained the host of his own popular podcast. Additionally, he has recently been offered a multi-year contract with the WWE, where he has previously appeared as a co-host for NXT events.
If you’re unfamiliar with McAfee, he’s a very entertaining personality on Twitter, often giving high-energy praise for special teams plays “for the brand.” You may remember him from his excitement following Tyrell Crosby’s celebration after Taylor Decker’s touchdown celebration. (Warning: NSFW language)
“I’m pulling for the Lions just as much as I’m pulling for Aaron Rodgers, who’s a really good friend of mine,” McAfee said on the latest episode of his podcast.
That’s not the only connection McAfee has to the Packers, he was also coached by interim Packers head coach Joe Philbin when they were both in Indianapolis in 2016.
But McAfee maintains he’ll be impartial, and he’s just as thrilled to see punter Sam Martin and “gunslinger” Matthew Stafford.
He also may provide a little entertainment for a game that may desperately need it.
“I have a different attitude towards it,” McAfee said of his job as broadcaster. “I think it should be a show—I think they’ve started to make it too serious.”
McAfee will join play-by-play announcer Justin Kutcher, color commentator Robert Smith and sideline reporter Sarah Kustok for Sunday’s FOX broadcast.