In a recent interview, punter Pat McAfee has stated that he's more the a one-trick-pony. Not only does he want to pull double duty and kick field goals, he also thinks he has what it takes to smash the current record.
The record for longest field goal was set only last year, with a 64 yard kick from Denver Bronco Matt Prater. The kick, which occurred at Mile High Stadium in Denver, beat the previous record by just a yard. McAfee also hopes to break the record there.
McAfee, who is known for his outspokenness, made the statements in an interview with the Indianapolis Star. Although he doesn't intend oust current kicker Adam Vinatieri, he pulled no punches when talking about his own potential. When discussing how he would fare on long field goals, he was quoted as saying "I think we could legitimately go 75 yards, no question about it."
For a lot of players, that would be an unproven claim, but McAfee is one step ahead of himself. A video from 2011 shows him successfully kicking a 75 yard field goal, which he has referenced numerous times in response to criticism.
But that doesn't mean he'll get a chance immediately. Despite being the oldest player in the league, Vinatieri recently signed a two-year extension with the Colts. In his 19 seasons, he became the only kicker to earn four Super Bowl rings, and shows no signs of slowing down. However, when the day comes, Vinatieri has said, "He's always been super supportive of me, and if and when I'm done, I'd love to have him next in line."
In the mean time, McAfee will have to continue to hone in skills in both disciplines in order to get his chance at record breaking. But if he does set a new record in Denver, he has jokingly said, "I might retire right afterwards. You might see me untie my shoes on the field and just walk off. 'See ya.'"
Until then, it's likely we'll hear plenty more from McAfee.
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