Pat McAfee performed 4 seasons at West Virginia, however the former Mountaineers kicker would not get again to Morgantown usually.
Talking on “The Pat McAfee Show,” a each day present on DAZN (10 a.m.-noon ET), he mentioned he nonetheless receives reminders from WVU followers about his missed field-goal kicks vs. Pitt in 2007.
McAfee could not convert two makes an attempt within the first half of a 13-9 loss that value West Virginia an look within the nationwide title sport and an opportunity on the faculty’s first nationwide championship. He acquired demise threats and had his automobile vandalized after the gorgeous upset defeat.
Twelve years after that painful evening, WVU followers nonetheless cannot transfer previous these missed kicks.
“It’s hard to go back to a place where you got 27 death threats, and then every time you talk about them, you get somebody to tweet you, ‘If you made those two kicks, we’re national champs,'” McAfee mentioned.
“I thought about disappearing after that game. It’s a very terrible time in my life, so whenever it gets reminded to me . . . you can see how I could build up a potential resentment to a place.”
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Regardless of ending his school profession having made 58 of 79 field-goals makes an attempt (73.four %), McAfee did not depart West Virginia on nice phrases.
“Whenever I left, it wasn’t a hero’s parade on the way out. It was actually the complete opposite,” he mentioned.
McAfee did specific optimism that as that Pitt sport recedes additional into historical past, his relationship with the college might be repaired.
“Time has healed all wounds. I cannot wait to get back to Morgantown at some point,” he mentioned.