Pat McAfee was among those who remembered the late Ryan Mallett on Wednesday when the former punter turned radio host told a story about one of his outings.
McAfee said on his radio show that he remembered meeting Mallett several times, and on one of the nights they spent together, he and golfer John Daly «sang a song together.» Mallett was a standout quarterback at Arkansas, as Daly was also a Razorbacks golfer earlier in his life.
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Mallett was among those on a shoal off the coast of a Florida beach, but when the group tried to swim back, authorities said Mallett capsized. Lifeguards pulled him out of the water but were unable to revive him.
«I guess nobody thought that every time they went to the beach yesterday and got into the ocean, they were going to come back with one less person,» McAfee said.
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«So remember, every time you wake up, you had a chance to wake up. I think we all need these kinds of things to happen, because when these things happen, it kind of opens our eyes to petty bulls — or thoughts negatives about something, or the negative mood about having to do something, it’s like you can do something.
McAfee was a punter in West Virginia from 2005 to 2008, while Mallett was a quarterback first at Michigan and then at Arkansas from 2007 to 2010. Both were in the NFL at the same time: McAfee for the Indianapolis Colts and Mallett for New England. . Patriots, Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens.
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«Let’s remember that. And let’s try to enjoy every damn day. And not every day is a good day,» McAfee added. «I know there will be times when life will kick you in the balls, and I know there are decisions that are completely out of your control that will haunt you, set you back, and affect your life, but let’s remember: if you can’t control it, what can you do? who gives a f—? Let’s keep moving forward here.»