It may be the offseason, but Colts punter Pat McAfee hasn’t slowed down. On Saturday night, he took the stage for his third back-to-back sold out show at Morty’s Comedy Joint in Indianapolis.
The show was everything we’ve come to expect from McAfee and more.
From his spot on imitation of Coach Chuck Pagano, to his tales of shopping at Walmart with Adam Vinatieri, golfing in French Lick with Peyton Manning, and his challenges when it comes to managing money, it was a laugh a minute – literally.
McAfee has gone from a star on the field to a star on the stage. And one person who’s not surprised is his mom, Sally.
“I always knew he’d be in the public eye somehow because he was never shy and he was always just out there. You put a camera in front of him, he was fine. So, he enjoys this. And he’s got a lot of stories to tell,” she says. “He’s lived a very interesting and well-traveled life. He’s met a lot of people and he’s done a lot of things. Every story, it’s happened.”
And some of those stories happened to her. Almost as entertaining as watching McAfee tell his stories, is watching his family react to them.
Asked if Pat kept him entertained as a kid, his older brother Jason responds, “Well, that’s one way of saying it.”
But make no mistake, McAfee’s family is proud of the player, entertainer, and more so, the person he’s become.
“To actually see his involvement with Wish For Our Heroes and to know that he’s actually been able to help people, that aspect is really cool,” says Sally. “And then, he enjoys making people laugh. That’s why he does this.”
Erich Orrick, Vice President of Wish For Our Heroes, says McAfee has personally donated tens of thousands of dollars to support military families in Central Indiana and across the country.
“That roll up your sleeve mentality attracts the military to him. It’s not just that he wants to help the military, but the military guys are fans of guys like Andrew Luck, but they’re friends of Pat McAfee.”
In part, because McAfee is one of them.
“We’re just a bunch of normal people, normal blue collar Americans here,” says Orrick. “I think that’s one of the reasons he likes us, is we’re volunteers just like the next guy.”
McAfee came from a blue collar family in Pittsburgh. And he still has that blue collar mentality. Even though his blue collar happens to be on a football jersey.
And as Officer Matthew Geczy found out when he went to get a haircut in his Navy uniform, Pat McAfee doesn’t need a big event – or even a big reason – to help out.
“I went to pay for it and the owner, Mike, said, ‘You can’t pay today.’ And I was like, ‘Why?’ He pointed over his shoulder and he was like, ‘Pat paid for it.’ And that’s when I looked up and looked in the mirror. We locked eyes and acknowledged each other.”
It was a small gesture. But one Geczy won’t soon forget.
“When things like that happen, it means a lot,” he says. “It’s very humbling and very appreciated.”
And it’s those things – the things her son does quietly off the field and off the stage, that make Sally McAfee the proudest.
Proceeds from Pat McAfee’s comedy show and soon to be released DVD benefit the Pat McAfee Foundation, which awards scholarships to children of military families.