B.C. Lions’ play-by-play voice Bob ‘The Moj’ Marjanovich has turned his time on Super Bowl radio row into a recruiting trip, offering former NFL All-Pro punter turned new-age media shock jock Pat McAfee a chance to retire in the CFL.
After a interview for his podcast Moj on Sports, Marjanovich presented the uber-popular sports personality with a customized #1 Lions jersey as part of an unofficial offer.
“The Canadian Football League recognizes your talent and in honour of that, the B.C. lions are going to sign you to one-day contract,” Marjanovich said. “Your Canadian rights have been claimed and you’re gonna retire in the CFL as a B.C. Lion.”
— Bob “The Moj” Marjanovich (@The_Real_Moj) February 12, 2022
McAfee, who last played in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts in 2016, was ecstatic with the offer, launching into an Oscars-style thank you.
“It is an absolute honour, a dream come true. I would like to say thank you to my mom, I’d like to say thank you to my dad, obviously they had a lot to do with me existing,” he said, in classic form. “The side of the house which I kicked the balls against for hours and hours on end because I had ADD, to create this leg of mine that inevitably got blown out in the NFL.”
In the past, McAfee has toyed with the idea of making a return with one of numerous spring football leagues, but he’s unlikely to abandon his media empire for a shot in the CFL. Nevertheless, McAfee sees some value in the idea as a punter.
“Now that I’m getting a chance to retire as a B.C. Lion and get selected by the British Columbia Lions, this is a dream come true. Honestly, now that I’m an international ball kicker, I feel like I’m gonna have a lot more confidence,” he added. “I know punts can score points, I don’t know if I’ll ever get there, but it’s nice being in a position of maybe one time getting on the stat sheet.”
McAfee has drawn the ire of CFL fans in the past for calling the league “state-fair football,” a moniker he has since insisted is a compliment given his incredible love of state fairs. He publicly declared that the league was dead following the cancellation of the 2020 season, but has since praised the league for getting back on the field when the XFL could not.
The three-down league seems a perfect fit for the man who popularized the idea of punters being people too, and we look forward to the fake Australian accent McAfee will use to try to get on the field.