MORGANTOWN W.Va- Pat McAfee is a beloved member of Mountaineer nation and although that hasn’t always been reciprocated by fans, he has always represented the state of WV wherever his career has taken him.
In a heartfelt segment of his ‘Pat McAfee Show 2.0’ podcast, McAfee openly discussed the reasons why he rarely makes return trips to his former school, referencing the fallout of the Pitt game at the end of his career as the main reason.
When the clip from the show was posted on social media, the Mountaineer faithful did their job in inviting their kicker back to campus but went a step further when head coach Neal Brown got involved.
“I wasn’t here during that time, so I really can’t speak of it. I can say this, he’s done a tremendous job, with “For the Brand,” Thursday night football, radio show, the dudes killing it, said Brown. I think he’s an important piece of our football history. He just like anybody else that has a part of this program is welcome back anytime. So I look forward to the day he comes back. I hope he does. Maybe it’s a Thursday night football game, maybe it’s just him having an open weekend, but he will be welcome.”
Back in the summer, McAfee invited ESPN commentator Kirk Herbstreit onto his show, and they briefly discussed how some of the players from his era of Mountaineers didn’t feel welcome back to campus by the former staff.
One of the main points Neal Brown stated when he first arrived to Morgantown was how he was going to prioritize celebrating the storied history of the program. This includes bringing former players back to campus and giving them an opportunity to shape the future for Mountaineer football players.
It’s been ten years since Pat was drafted by the Colts out of West Virginia, and Neal Brown seems adamant in getting him back to campus. Mountaineer fans worldwide take pride in the new projects he takes on, and getting our all-time leading scorer back to town would be a huge step for the program.
West Virginia fans will get a unique opportunity to hear McAfee call a Mountaineer game on October 31st when he and the rest of the ESPN crew will be in Waco, Texas for ESPN Thursday night football against Baylor.
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