Coming off the best and most satisfying season of his four-year career, Pat McAfee has two objectives moving forward.
The first is to remain with the Indianapolis Colts. The second is to handle all kicking chores.
Not just punts. Not just kickoffs. But everything.
Yes, that would include field goals and extra points.
And no, he’s not kidding.
“I’ve made that very clear. I want to be the first guy to do all three,” said McAfee, who at the moment punts and performs kickoffs. “It’s one of those things that I want to do.
“We all have goals.”
Of his two immediate goals, staying with the Colts seems the most likely.
An unrestricted free agent, McAfee has made clear his desire to re-sign with the Colts.
In light of his career-best year in 2012, the franchise is likely to make forging an extension a priority.
McAfee certainly hopes so.
“The politically correct thing to say is that you want to be with whatever team you’re with, but it’s really true for me,” said McAfee, the Colts’ seventh-round draft pick in 2009. “Indianapolis has become a home for me. I’ve got everything I want here, let alone a dome.”
“But I love this team. I love this city. I love the citizens of this community, and I enjoy being a citizen of Indianapolis, so I hope I come back.”
Although he likely will, the odds of achieving his second objective — at least in the immediate future — are remote.
Adam Vinatieri, after all, has no immediate plans to retire.
Having topped 100 points for the 15th time in his 17 NFL seasons, the veteran place-kicker is still under contract and expects to return for an 18th campaign.
He made 26 of 33 field-goal attempts in 2012, including four from 50-plus yards, during the Colts’ 11-5 regular season. He accounted for the all the Colts’ points during last week’s 24-9 playoff loss at Baltimore, with makes from 52, 47 and 26 yards.
“I feel pretty good,” said Vinatieri, who, at age 40, scored 115 points in 2012. “I’ll need a little (offseason) break like everybody else, recharge the batteries for a couple of weeks. We all still have something burning in us that we want to keep going.
“(Losing) is never a good feeling, and it will stay with us for a while, and then we’re going to get our butts back to work and do better next year.”
Hardly sentiment of a kicker who plans to call it a career anytime soon. But no matter.
McAfee, who handled all punting and place-kicking chores during four standout seasons at West Virginia, plans to be patient. And he’s in no hurry to rush his friend out the door.
But at some point before his own time expires, the 25-year-old punter wants a chance to do what no player in the modern NFL era done. He wants to do it all.
He wants to be the kicker. As in all-inclusive.
“I’ve had an amazing mentor in Adam Vinatieri, who is the greatest of all time, going to be a Hall of Famer,” said McAfee. “I also got to learn (last year) from Matt Stover (when Vinatieri was hurt).
“I think the time has come for a guy do to all three, and I hope that I’m that guy.”