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March 8, 2014

McAfee inks new deal with Indy

Punter cried tears of joy when agent gave him the news.

(Continued)

McAfee was the Colts’ franchise player in 2013, playing under a one-year $2.97 million contract.

“It was just so much off your shoulders. I didn’t know where I was going to be living in a month. I had no idea what I was going to be doing. I had no idea if I was going to representing Indianapolis anymore. I had no idea if I was going to be on the Colts. It was all kind of up in the air. My agent was telling me the conversations were going good with the Colts. But until something gets finalized, you never really know what’s going to happen in this business,” he related in a teleconference Friday afternoon.

“Whenever I got the text messages, ‘Hey, we’ve come to a deal,’ I had like three conversations with my agent [Friday] morning before the announcement. He said, ‘How about this?’ I said, ‘That sound good.’ He said, ‘How about this?’ I said, ‘That sounds good.’ Then there was like a little bit going on. When I finally got the confirmation that it went through, I was so happy and relieved. I actually cried a little bit before the show started back up.”

McAfee has become as popular as his predecessor, especially among his many social media followers. Twitter lit up when news of his contract situation became public Friday morning.

“The people of Indianapolis and the Colts legion have embraced me ever since 2010, really, and that’s why I am so indebted to this city and these people. They took me in at a time when I was down. After I got in trouble, I was in, probably, the lowest point of my life and the people of this city all said, ‘We want nobody else but you.’ The people of Indianapolis have embraced me and that’s why I love the city so much,” he said.

“I’m so happy to be a Hoosier.”

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