SmackDown announcer and former NFL star Pat McAfee has landed a new job outside of the wrestling world as he signs on with ESPN.
In April 2021 Pat McAfee became a full-time commentator in WWE as he joined Michael Cole at the announce table on Friday Night SmackDown. This followed a spell in NXT for McAfee where he famously feuded with Adam Cole and participated in a War Games match with his Kings of NXT stable alongside Pete Dunne, Danny Burch, and Oney Lorcan.
Since joining SmackDown Pat McAfee has competed in the ring at both WrestleMania 38 and SummerSlam 2022. At WrestleMania, he took on Austin Theory, winning that match before improbably losing a second bout to ousted WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. At SummerSlam McAfee picked up a big win over Happy Corbin.
The New York Post has reported that McAfee will be taking on a full-time role on ESPN’s College GameDay. Their report notes that McAfee will begin his new role on Saturday, the 10th of September but will continue to host his own The Pat McAfee Show and will still be a part of WWE SmackDown every Friday night.
McAfee himself confirmed the news on social media, writing:
“It’s an absolute honor 2 have this tweet tweeted about me. GameDay is a show that I’ve been a fan of FOREVER So many moving parts including real cool conversations w/ the fine folks from WWE..all moved quickly Will lead show manana w/ all the deets”