By George Bremer The Herald Bulletin
Greensburg Daily News
---- — INDIANAPOLIS — Like many things involving Pat McAfee, the story of how the Indianapolis Colts punter obtained a professional wrestling ring is both random and hilarious.
Somehow the topic of starting an indepedent wrestling organization came up during an offseason conversation with his brother, Jason, and McAfee at first laughed the idea off.
But he did a little research anyway and quickly discovered he could buy a ring.
“We got on the internet — you can find anything on the internet — and as soon as I found out that you could buy one, I said that’s a great purchase, that’ll pay off in the long run,” McAfee said Wednesday at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. “So I bought it. I haven’t used it. It’s just been sitting in my barn. But later in life, if I want to get
into wrestling, I’ve got a training facility. And if I want to start a wrestling association, I’m already ready to rock.”
McAfee has no illusions of building an organization that could rival World Wrestling Entertainment and its kingpin, Vince McMahon.
“What you hope happens is Vince McMahon buys you out,” he said. “Because I couldn’t do nearly a good enough job as he could. But it would be a lot of fun, and it’s always been an interest of mine.”
McAfee already has experience between the ropes. In 2009, prior to becoming a seventh-round draft pick, he battled an opponent known as War Pig during an independent show at a civic center in Charleston, W. Va.
After sustaining his share of abuse early in the bout, McAfee used a move known as Sweet Chin Music — a martial-arts style kick popularized by former WWE champion Shawn Michaels — to pin the Pig.
“It was a dangerous night,” McAfee said. “He had a mask on. It was a scary evening, but I got out of there unscathed. I’m still undefeated to this day. I don’t know any other wrestlers that are.”
Fans need not worry about the punter switching careers any time soon. He would like to kick field goals one day in the NFL, and he made a 60-yarder during Wednesday’s practice. He nearly added a 65-yarder later, but the kick sailed wide right.
If McAfee ever puts his unblemished grappling record on the line, it will take place only after his football career is over. And he signed a five-year deal as a free agent in the offseason.
That contract allows him to purchase a few interesting toys. Like a wrestling ring, for instance.
“It’s something exciting to have,” he said. “It’s like I’m a little kid basically knocking things off my bucket list I made when I was 12, and it’s a lot of fun.”
USA Today reporter Nate Davis correctly predicted the Seattle Seahawks would defeat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII some eight months before the game was played in East Rutherford, N.J.
After predicting the winner of every regular-season and playoff game for 2014, Davis forecasts the Colts to finish 13-3 and win the AFC championship. That would send Indianapolis to Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz., in February.
“I mean, that’s our goal,” Colts linebacker Jerrell Freeman said when informed of the pick. “That’s our expectation. We set lofty goals, and I definitely think we can achieve them.”
Freeman isn’t likely to agree with Davis’ final prediction, which has the Seahawks repeating as champions after beating Indianapolis in the title game.
The Colts released Northern Colorado quarterback Seth Lobato and Syracuse cornerback Keon Lyn on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the team filled the roster spots by re-signing cornerback Johnny Adams — who spent time with the team last August before playing four games with Buffalo — and adding center FN Lutz — an undrafted free agent from Indiana State.
Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks spent Wednesday’s practice on the sideline after undergoing a root canal, while running back Ahmad Bradshaw returned to the field this week in a limited role.