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Pat McAfee Says HE PREVIOUSLY Suicidal Thoughts After Missing FGs in 2007 Backyard Brawl

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Former NFL punter Pat McAfee, who has carved out a distinct segment for himself as a star in the podcasting world and in professional wrestling as a WWE announcer, recently discussed the aftermath of West Virginia’s loss to Pittsburgh in the 2007 Backyard Brawl.

Within an interview with Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated, McAfee discussed having suicidal thoughts after missing two field goals for WVU in a 13-9 loss to Pitt in the ultimate regular-season game of the 2007 season.

“I didnt know easily wished to live anymore,” McAfee said. “My entire life changed immediately that day. It had been an awful f—— night, in all honesty with you. It had been like something out of a movie. I simply drove. I acquired completely to Virginia through Maryland. I was gone for a couple of days. I drove, parked, slept and kept driving. I didnt know where I was. I didnt know where I was headed. I didnt know very well what was coming next.”

McAfee also noted angry fans vandalized his car, destroyed his yard and made death threats against him.

The Mountaineers entered the Backyard Brawl with a 10-1 record, ranked No. 2 in the BCS standings and likely could have played for the national title with a make an impression on their rival. They scored at the very least 28 points in all of their 10 victories around that time.

Pitt was 4-7 and coming off back-to-back losses to Rutgers and South Florida.

McAfee missed two field-goal attempts from 20 and 32 yards in the initial half. He did make his only extra-point attempt after backup quarterback Jarrett Brown’s six-yard touchdown run gave West Virginia a 7-0 lead late in the next quarter.

Pittsburgh got 13 points in the next half to earn a 13-9 upset win. The Mountaineers fell to ninth in the ultimate BCS standings, however they could actually salvage the growing season having an impressive 48-28 victory over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl.

McAfee finished his career at West Virginia in 2008, was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 2009 and had an effective eight-year NFL career as a punter. He was named to the Pro Bowl twice and All-Pro first team in 2014.

The Backyard Brawl has been revived this season for the very first time since 2011. The Panthers will host West Virginia at Acrisure Stadium on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

In the event that you or someone you understand is in immediate crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing 988 for 24/7 usage of a tuned counselor. You can even contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “HOME” to 741741. To learn more about ongoing support and mental health resources, contact the HelpLine at the National Alliance on Mental Illness by calling 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or emailing info@nami.org.

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