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Pat McAfee retiring officially makes Marquette King the dopest punter in the NFL

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It’s earned, too.

Pat McAfee surprised everyone by announcing his retirement last night, informing fans that he’d no longer be punting for the Indianapolis Colts. He’s only 29, but instead of flipping field position on fourth down, he’ll be starting life post-NFL by joining Barstool Sports and opening a radio and TV studio in downtown Indianapolis. The letter reads as a love letter for the team and state that drafted him in 2009 and has stuck by him since.

McAfee gave us some great years as one of the few fun punters in the NFL. Punting isn’t a glamorous job. You’re on the field at most once a possession and your presence means your team couldn’t find a way to score. McAfee saw the importance in punting and found a way to entertain us on what is typically the least-entertaining play of drives, outside of a field goal.

Whether it was the time he broke out the Conor McGregor/Vince McMahon strut after a 35-yard completion on a fake punt ...

Or occasionally blowing up a punt returner ...

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... and getting drug tested for it.

Pat held down fun punting for a while. But don’t worry. The NFL already has the dopest punter dabbing in waiting: Marquette King.

Marquette King pulled up on the scene in 2013 as an undrafted free agent for the Oakland Raiders. He dabs when he wants to. If he feels like hitting them folks with a ref’s flag, on roughing the kicker nonetheless, he will.

He got a flag for that one, then took to Twitter to call out the defender that went and told the teacher.

He also can catch and dunk his own punts, which Pat McAfee has never done for the record, while putting his bid in for the NBA Dunk Contest.

King knows the importance of the position, and McAfee should feel comfortable leaving the future of elite fun punting at King’s capable feet.

“The funny thing about it is that when a fourth down comes, and the team doesn’t have a good punter or a good kicker, then everybody’s complaining,” King told SB Nation. “It’s the people that don’t really understand how the game goes that think punters and kickers are nothing.”

Marquette King is the future, but McAfee is the OG and he won’t let you forget it. McAfee roasted Browns receiver Terrelle Pryor earlier this season, after Pryor implied that McAfee got better by watching King.

The Colts official Twitter account probably said it best.

So watch your mouth, respect your elders, and say goodbye and thanks to a punter named Pat for reminding us fourth downs can be fun, too.