I was a little down when the Colts ditched Hunter "the Punter" Smith a couple of years ago. It had nothing to do with his play; the guy was good enough. I know he hardly ever got on the field; but that is a good thing for the team.
Hunter was just a good dude. I heard him in interviews a few times. I liked the guy. I can remember one where he made up a song pretty much poking fun at himself and how his biggest contribution to the team is holding the ball for extra points and field goals. It was funny stuff.
So in comes this Pat McAfee character. I never really thought much about him last year; I was a little disappointed Hunter was gone, and since the Colts rarely punted he was an afterthought.
That has of course changed this season. With the way things have gone for Indianapolis the only person really getting a chance to shine is the punter since he's now on the field so much (him and Pat Angerer--coolest football name ever-- on the defensive side who is leading the NFL with 105 tackles so far).
Playing is not what has made McAfee cool in my eyes though. Getting busted swimming drunk in the canal in Broadripple (the local bar scene here in Indy) didn't do it either. It certainly wasn't because he started growing his hair out and looking like a dirty hippie.
It's the reason why he started growing his hair and looking like a dirty hippie.
As it turns out, Pat McAfee has been growing his hair out these last couple seasons so that he could make a donation to Locks of Love, a charity that makes wigs for children with cancer. He got his locks cut during thanksgiving weekend.
Like many of us he has known a number of people, close friends and family, that have been affected by cancer. Although it is a small thing in the big picture of what the disease does to people, he saw doing this as a small way to help people who are in need.
When we typically hear more about the bad things that players do it is good to hear that there are some that are willing and able to take the initiative to do something on their own (and not because the team, their lawyers/probation officers, or the NFL told them to).
Kudos to you Mr. McAfee, and Happy Holidays.