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Plum native McAfee extends his stay in Indy with new deal

| Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

It's no secret that Plum native and Plum High School graduate Pat McAfee has a outgoing personality.

He showed that personality and gave viewers a glimpse of a possibly future in TV sports broadcasting when his NFL career is over with his week-long stint on the NFL Network's morning show — NFL AM — last week.

Last Friday, his final day on the show, McAfee was able to break news live on the air that made a lot of his fans in Indianapolis pretty happy.

McAfee had just agreed to terms on a new 5-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts.

Not many players in the NFL get to announce the news of their own contract agreement on TV, but McAfee was in the right place at the right time.

The punter, place kicker and holder for field goals and extra points said he couldn't be any happier about the deal.

“This is just an absolutely wonderful feeling,” McAfee said during an interview Friday with Colts.com.

“I am so excited to be here for at least another five years, hopefully win a bunch of games, get a Lombardi (Trophy). I couldn't be more pleased to be an Indianapolis Colt.”

McAfee avoids free agency with the new contract, and it keeps him in a city where he said he feels a warm embrace from the Colts fans.

Last season, McAfee had 27 punts downed inside the 20-yard line, and that was a franchise record for a single season.

He also showed his reputation for being one of the most physical punters or kickers in the NFL.

McAfee delivered a crushing hit to Denver kickoff returner Trindon Holliday during an October Sunday-night game in Indianapolis.

The hit sent Holliday flying out of bounds, and the video of the play appeared all over TV and the Internet.

The play also made ESPN's Top 10 plays, and McAfee got a lot of requests to talk about the play in the subsequent days, weeks and months.

McAfee was selected by the Colts in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL draft, and he capped his rookie season by kicking in the Super Bowl against the New Orleans Saints.

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. Reach him at mlove@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Mlove_Trib.

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