Monday, October 21, 2013
McAfee delivers a hard hit on Holliday
By Mike Wells
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee was standing at his locker when veteran kicker Adam Vinatieri walked by and yelled out, “boom stick.”
Vinatieri could have been referring to McAfee’s ability to use his foot to pin the opposition deep in its own territory on punts or his hit on kick returner Trindon Holliday right before the end of the first quarter.
For the sake of this argument, we’ll say Vinatieri was talking about the hit McAfee put on Holliday along Denver’s sideline.
“The hit was something that snapped me back into it a little bit,” said McAfee. “He is very fast and I just closed my eyes and ran my hardest and things happened."
It was also a hit that could get McAfee fined by the NFL because it was a helmet-to-helmet hit.
“I wish I could say I knew my helmet might hit his helmet, but I was just running over there full speed hoping to make a play. I got lucky,” McAfee said.
The hit was so vicious it was the talk of Twitter.
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who the NFL has fined a number of times, spoke up about the play.
McAfee read Suh’s tweet in the locker room after the game.
“The fact that Ndamukong Suh has any idea who I am is pretty sweet; that’s pretty awesome,” McAfee said. “If I can get credit from him, that’s pretty cool. It’s all about getting respect of your teammates and that’s what plays like that do.”