“Chad Powers,” AKA Eli Manning, became an overnight sensation earlier this week, and Pat McAfee loved it.
“Powers” showed up to Penn State’s walk-on tryouts last month, and although he had a positive attitude, he didn’t make the team.
Being 41 years old and not having any college eligibility left might have had something to do with that.
Nonetheless, the stunt has been a big success since the video of it came out, and some big football names have weighed in on it.
Penn State legend Saquon Barkley, who was Manning’s teammate with the New York Giants in 2018-19, tweeted about it when the video surfaced Monday.
I’m crying 😂😂😂 https://t.co/sdDylDZ3x5
— Saquon Barkley (@saquon) September 19, 2022
Brandon Bell, who played at Penn State from 2013-16, called Powers a “man amongst boys,” and earlier today, Pat McAfee weighed in.
On “The Pat McAfee Show” Wednesday, McAfee spoke highly of Manning’s performance as Chad Powers.
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) September 21, 2022
”You could tell it was Eli when he was throwing,” McAfee, who punted for the Indianapolis Colts from 2009-16 before becoming a media superstar, said “but everything else, especially with the way he was acting and talking… I don’t blame anybody on campus for not knowing (it was Eli Manning).
“What a great job by all parties involved there.”
Although McAfee loved the skit, he doesn’t want it to turn into something that’s overdone.
There are already talks of “Chad Powers” TV show starring Manning but McAfee doesn’t want to see that, and doesn’t think it will happen.
”Other people might want to do it, and might get Chad Powers in there for a workout,” McAfee said. “The Mannings know that was a home run, can’t go any better than it went. Let’s not run this thing in the ground.”