Pat McAfee was recently interviewed by WINCLY. During the appearance, he discussed Baron Corbin and why he thinks his match against Kurt Angle will deliver. He also discussed his past arrest and why it fueled him to try to make the world a better place. Here are the highlights:
On Rooming With Baron Corbin:
Baron Corbin lived in my house for months when he played for the Colts our rookie year. Baron Corbin and I know each other well. I’m not a golden gloves boxer at all, so I think our backgrounds might be a bit different, but I think he’s incredible on the microphone. He’s very hateable, both in real life and his character, so it’s a perfect foil.
On Why He Thinks Angle v Corbin Will Deliver:
I think Kurt Angle’s still got it – I mean, there were a couple of rocky operations there on Tuesday night’s SmackDown, but I think it’s going to be a great match. And I think Baron Corbin loves that everybody hates it, loves that everybody is underwhelmed with the booking, and I still think they’ll be able to put on a good show because is a big guy, he’s an athletic guy, and he’s got an incredible personality on that microphone… I think he’s a lot more talented than people give him credit for, both in the ring and on the mic.
On Who He Wanted To See Angle Face:
Everybody wanted to see Kurt Angle and John Cena, including myself, but I’m assuming John Cena is making another multi-billion dollar movie. That’s just kind of how that thing goes, but I think Baron Corbin and Kurt are going to put on a show at MetLife Stadium… I have no clue [if Cena will be at WrestleMania]. I am not privy to any of that information… It would be cool to see Cena there. I hope he has a haircut though. That long hair was not really my thing.
On His Arrest & The Impact It Had On Him:
I got arrested for a dumb, dumb incident my second year in the NFL. Nobody had a clue who I was but all anybody could talk about was how dumb I was , and how bad I was for the public intoxication to the younger genertion. And it was that day that I had a conversation with my dad and my family that I was going to make the world a better place, and I was going to make sure that people don’t remember me for being the drunk idiot that got arrested in my second year. So, I think I’ve had a real focus on making the world a better place both philanthropically and maybe attitude-wise ever since that moment.
On Wanting To See Others Be Charitable:
I honestly believe that we’re getting in to an era – it’s a world society but I think a lot of people want to make the world a better place,” McAfee said. “I think there’s a lot of people looking in the mirror asking themselves if it’s going to be a better world today and I think it’s only a matter of time until everybody starts doing that… That’s what we’re shooting for, and that’s what Leesa mattress, their agenda and their idea, is. It’s just kind of a nice tag team, them and I.
On The WWE’s Charitable Endeavors:
When it comes to coming in to a place and watching the OGs and the best performers and the way they interact, whether it’s the foundations that the folds work with or whether it’s the people that come out of the practices to chit chat with, or the children’s hospital or anything like that, whenever you see OGs do something, in your head, you go, ‘Okay, that’s how I’m supposed to act’. Peyton Manning donated, I think, $10 million to start a children’s hospital here in Indianapolis, whenever you see something like that, you go, okay, not only can I be great on the football field, I can also be great off of the field.
And I feel like that’s the same type of thing that’s happening at the performance center. There’s a lot of work getting done in those rings, and int he weight room, and on the microphone, but also, you’ve got a lot of people that have done a lot of good in the world leading the way for the younger generations, and the superstars of the world. And I think with the way the WWE has philanthropically affected the world, not just the United States, we’re talking worldwide, I think it sets a good example and a precedent for other publicly traded companies to kind of make the world a better place.
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