Pat McAfee Says He Considered Suicide After Missing Two FGs In 2007's Backyard Brawl

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Ernesto Cova

Following an 11-year hiatus, one of the fiercest rivalries in College Football will be back on Thursday.

The Backyard Brawl featuring West Virginia and Pittsburgh promises to bring plenty of excitement and memories. However, some like Pat McAfee may not want to recall their own experience from that game.

It Was Tough For Pat

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Back in the 2007 edition, McAfee had a chance to lift his team past the Panthers. Unfortunately, he blew two field goals in the first half and the Mountaineers lost 13-9 to their biggest rivals:

“My life changed immediately that day," McAfee told Sports Illustrated. It was a terrible f------ night, to be honest with you. It was like something out of a movie. I just drove. I got all the way to Virginia through Maryland. I was gone for a couple days. I drove, parked, slept and kept driving. I didn’t know where I was. I didn’t know where I was headed. I didn’t know what was coming next. And I didn’t know if I wanted to live anymore.”

The Fans Were Livid

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McAfee used to be a fan favorite. He and LB Reed Williams held BBQs and events for fans at their place, so everybody knew where they lived. Needless to say, the fans weren't happy after the loss:

“We were sitting around our kitchen table speechlessly looking at one another, and our house was getting bombarded with bottles all night long. You’d hear the thud of the bottle and glass shatter,” Williams says. “You’d see the remnants of beer and liquor bottles. The rest of the semester, Pat was receiving death threats. The guy got torn down.”

He Was A Legend Nonetheless

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But even despite that tough loss, McAfee still went down as a Mountaineers legend. His college career ended with him as the Big East Conference's all-time leader in punting average, extra points attempted and made, and went on to have a successful eight-year career in the NFL.

McAfee spent his entire career with the Indianapolis Colts after being taken in the seventh round of the NFL Draft, making it to two Pro Bowls as one of the league's most prolific kickers.

Things Turned Out Great

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More than that, McAfee has become one of the biggest risers in the sports podcast industry. The Pat McAfee Show has been a massive success, mostly because of his larger-than-life persona and how connected he still is inside the league.

So, yeah, it may have been a horrible experience for the then-college standout. But we're glad he was able to move past that and continue to write his own history.