According to a report, SmackDown commentator Pat McAfee is in talks with Amazon for a position on their “Thursday Night Football” program.
WWE SmackDown commentator and popular sports personality Pat McAfee is reportedly talking with Amazon about a position for their NFL Thursday Night Football broadcasts.
According to a report from Ryan Glasspiegel of the New York Post, the two sides “have been in discussions about the former NFL punter contributing to” the Thursday Night Football program. Glasspiegel added that there have been talks about having The Pat McAfee Show air on Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service, though a source told him “nothing has been finalized.”
McAfee, a former NFL punter, played with the Indianapolis Colts from 2009 to 2016. The two-time Pro Bowler retired in 2017 and entered a broadcasting career soon after. In April of last year, WWE brought in McAfee to serve alongside Michael Cole on the SmackDown broadcast team.
FOX held the NFL’s Thursday Night Football program from 2017 to 2021. Last year, the league signed new television deals with ABC/ESPN, FOX, CBS, Amazon and NBC. They recently hired longtime NBC and legendary announcer Al Michaels to serve as the play-by-play man for Thursday Night Football. Well-known ESPN college football commentator Kirk Herbstreit will also be part of the Amazon commentary team.
McAfee has also added professional wrestling to his resume, competing in four matches for WWE thus far. Two of them, of course, took place at WrestleMania 38 weekend in Arlington, Texas. McAfee defeated Austin Theory at day two of the show but lost an ensuing bout to WWE chairman Vince McMahon.
McAfee is one of the most followed and beloved sports personalities, so it’s not surprising that Amazon is supposedly interested in bringing him aboard their football broadcasts. McAfee would certainly be a fun addition to a broadcast team that already features two of the most accomplished and legendary football sports commentators in history.