Pat McAfee almost retired a year earlier than he did

Colts punter Pat McAfee surprised everyone a year ago by retiring early from the NFL. In a visit to Friday’s PFT Live, the Barstool Heartland personality explained that he nearly retired a year earlier.

Coach Chuck Pagano talked McAfee out of leaving after the 2015 season, during a flight back from an overseas USO Tour. After 2016, McAfee left even though his mortal enemy, G.M. Ryan Grigson, had finally been fired.

He just said that my tape from last year, the last game till now, that I’ve improved a significant amount, he said. Even from the last time he saw me in person till now, I got a lot bigger, faster, stronger, stuff like that. So they are gonna watch my tape as a staff and reach out tonight.

Devera already holds offers from five mid-majors — BUffalo, UMass, Old Dominion, Miami (Ohio) and Howerd — of which Miami of Ohio and Old Dominion stand out most. But there are other school also barking up the tree.

UNC, coach Baker from Rutgers wants me to come down there, Devera said. He says I’ll love it down there. Air Force too. Air Force is really close, and Kent State.

The end result is that the Eagles have their first-round pick (No. 32), a fourth-round pick from the Vikings in the Sam Bradford trade (No. 130), their fourth-round pick (No. 132), their fifth-round pick (No. 169), their sixth-round pick (No. 206), and three seventh-round picks (one from the Seahawks, their own, and a compensatory pick).

Absent further trades for example, a deal to send Nick Foles to another team, the Eagles will see 98 players drafted from when they’re on the clock to end Thursday night until they’re back on the clock on Saturday afternoon.

Apart from the fact that the Eagles need more draft picks is the reality that Foles, through his agents, may soon be clamoring for a chance to play this year, and to be paid accordingly. When the Eagles traded Bradford two years ago, the Eagles otherwise intended to put him on the field. Foles is slated to be the backup, and to make a mere $7 million; surely, he’s interested in not being a backup and not making only $7 million.

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John Ross accepts Billy Hamilton’s challenge, kinda

Who’s faster, Billy Hamilton or John Ross? We may soon get a chance to find out.

Yesterday, the Reds center fielder somewhat jokingly said he would race the Bengals rookie to see who is the fastest athlete in Cincinnati, and apparently Ross is open to the competition.

“It would be awesome to do that and we could probably work out something later,” Ross said Friday. “Right now I’m just focused on being a Bengal. I don’t know what the future holds, but if he wants to do something for the community later or for charity, that would be awesome. Right now I’m just focused on being a football player.”

But according to Kaaya, he didn’t realize how popular the line was until he left Los Angeles — where he grew up — to play football at the University of Miami.

“For me, she basically just made a 15-minute cameo in a movie that happened to be a famous movie, but in Los Angeles, there are a lot of other things going on and there’s a lot of different types of people you see,” Kaaya said, via ESPN. “So, it wasn’t really a big deal until I pretty much left California for Florida.”

For Kaaya, the famous line Ice Cube’s character said simply wasn’t part of his lexicon. The movie premiered several months before he was born, so it didn’t have the same impact on him that it did for people from their late 20s and upward.

He said he has only seen the movie a couple of times, and that he views Means Kaaya as a “team mom and a vegan chef.”

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Means Kaaya also had several small roles and appeared in “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper,” “In Living Color,” “House Party 3,” “The Cherokee Kid” and “Cousin Skeeter,” but she will always be the inspiration behind on the the best ’90s lines.