Indianapolis Colts players reading mean tweets? Why not? Everyone else seems to be doing it.
The late-night television show Jimmy Kimmel Live! began quite a trend with its regular comedy bit based around celebrities reading “mean tweets” on the air. The concept has become so popular that it has mushroomed far beyond the TV show where it all started.
The National Football League’s Indianapolis Colts are the latest to join in on the fun. Several Colts players have gotten together to create a “mean tweets” video, and the results are comedic gold.
The video begins with Colts punter Pat McAfee reading a mean tweet directed at him.
Why is Pat Mcafee wearing a glove? Ur a stupid kicker
— Jewford T Justice (@hairmetalhenry) September 27, 2015
Next up: Colts placekicker Adam Vinatieri, a 20-year NFL veteran and one of the best kickers in the history of the league. Despite his status, Vinatieri apparently has a few detractors. The video gives an example of what one of Vinatieri’s “fans” has to say about him.
Colts wide receiver Donte Moncrief takes his turn when he reads a mean tweet about his performance on the field.
“If Donte Moncrief could get his head out of his a**, that would be ideal.”
The team elected Pro Bowl safety Mike Adams to read a mean tweet that was directed at the entire Colts’ defense.
“(The) Colts defense is so bad, calling them trash would be a compliment.”
Another of the Colts’ best players, Pro Bowl cornerback Vontae Davis, took a shellacking from one fan for something that has nothing to do with football — take a look at the video for details on this one.
T.Y. Hilton plays wide receiver and is another top-flight performer who participated in the making of this video. Hilton is an outstanding player, so the Twitter user featured here chose to criticize Hilton for something other than his ability to play football.
“T.Y. Hilton is easily the ugliest player in the NFL…I was going to tag him in this, but I genuinely felt bad about it…that’s how ugly he is.”
— Football Nation (@Fballnation) June 15, 2016
Apparently, that Twitter user didn’t feel badly enough about his mean tweet to keep it out of cyberspace.
Interspersed throughout the entirety of the video are numerous snippets of Pat McAfee fighting back against his “troll.” The fact that McAfee is featured so heavily in this attempt at humor by the Indianapolis Colts comes as no surprise to those familiar with the star punter.
McAfee is a very active Twitter user himself, primarily using the medium to convey his witty thoughts on various football- and non-football-related topics. According to NBC Sports, he enjoys sharing his humorous take on things so much that he has even performed as a stand-up comedian at clubs around Indianapolis, and his shows have been popular with fans and critics alike.
Beautiful people.. I'm hosting 3 nights of comedy to raise money 4 children of military families.. Please come pic.twitter.com/1SHX3I5e3P
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) June 3, 2016
All of the players who participated in this project are productive and well known within NFL circles.
Pat McAfee will begin his eighth NFL season this fall, and is regarded as one of the top punters in the game. His 47.7 yards per punt average was second in the NFL in 2015.
One of the most highly decorated placekickers in NFL history, Adam Vinatieri has split his 20 years in the league evenly between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts. Based on his overall performance and Super Bowl heroics, Vinatieri is expected to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible.
T.Y. Hilton, Vontae Davis, and Donte Moncrief are all quality players as well. Hilton and Davis are both two-time Pro Bowlers, and Moncrief is a young, up-and-coming player who appears to have a bright future in professional football.
We surely have not seen the last of these “mean tweets” knock-off videos; fans love seeing public figures display a sense of humor and show a willingness to laugh at themselves. Who do you think will make the next viral “mean tweets” video?
[Photo by Michael Conroy/AP Images]