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NFL News: Pat McAfee to retire at 29

The Pro Bowler will hang them up

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Minnesota Vikings Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Indianapolis Colts have been dealt a huge blow to the prestige of their special teams unit after Pro Bowl punter Pat McAfee suddenly announced his retirement on Wednesday night.

The 29 year old has been in the league since 2009, compiling a list of accolades that includes two Pro Bowl appearances, one first team All Pro, AFC champion, and AFC finalist. However, as much he was known for his punting prowess, McAfee was perhaps best known for his larger than life persona that would manifest itself in unique and entertaining ways, both on and off the gridiron.

That personality is what has seemingly inspired McAfee to move on to the next phase in his life, as he has announced that he will be joining the comedically oriented website Barstool Sports.

The Colts will miss McAfee for his skills on the field, while the rest of the league will assuredly miss him for his legendary antics off of it.

If McAfee played another position this would likely be a bigger story for different reasons, but players retiring in their prime to join the media is an unprecedented situation, and is something to keep an eye on moving forward.

In the meantime, football fans will certainly miss seeing tweets like this.