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Pat McAfee retires from Indianapolis Colts, will join Barstool Sports

Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee punts as Jacksonville

Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee punts as Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Dan Skuta comes in for the block at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. Credit: Indianapolis Star/TNS

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee says he is retiring.

The 29-year-old two-time Pro Bowl pick made the announcement in a statement on Twitter, thanking fans for their support over the last seven seasons.

McAfee wrote that three knee surgeries in four years, the expectation of additional operations in the future and an enticing offer to work for Barstool Sports convinced him to walk away despite having two years and nearly $6 million remaining on his contract.

In the post, McAfee says he met with team owner Jim Irsay for 1 hour, 45 minutes earlier this week, and that although Irsay encouraged him to continue playing, Irsay also was supportive of his decision.

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