There have been many nights out that have ruined professionals.
However, the night Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee bought 100 tequila shots helped him get his life on track.
“If it wasn’t for that evening, I certainly wouldn’t be in the NFL right now,” McAfee told the Indianapolis Star’s Zak Keefer. “I wouldn’t have been able to keep up with how I was living and still perform at a good level.”
At 23 years old he was partying way too hard. On that fateful night he bought 100 shots so “everyone in the bar could have a shot.” That’s the last thing McAfee remembers from that night. Later the police found him in a parking lot soaking wet after jumping in a canal in downtown Indianapolis.
He was arrested, then fined and suspended by the Colts. McAfee couldn’t have been more embarrassed, but in that he saw the light.
“It completely changed the course of my life, it really did,” McAfee told Keefer. “I was partying pretty hard right then. I was 21, 22, first time having a little money. I had money and it was awesome. (After my rookie year) I could basically do whatever I wanted. I was living, living, living. I just carried that into my second season. I was going out and having a good time, living pretty hard, pretty reckless.”
He then had to enter the NFL’s substance abuse program where he was tested eight times a month for 27 months. Among the substances he was tested for was alcohol.