Last Thursday, the rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson took the reins for the Indianapolis Colts in their preseason matchup against the reigning NFC champs, the Philadelphia Eagles. Although touchdowns were absent from his throws, Richardson’s performance was solid, going 6 for 17 with 78 passing yards. He orchestrated two rushing touchdowns by Evan Hull and Deon Jackson, and his halftime exit for Gardner Minshew was strategic rather than indicative of a lackluster showing.
One figure exceptionally enthused about Richardson’s potential is ex-Indianapolis punter Pat McAfee. He took a moment to voice his jubilation on X: “That’s such amazing news. I’m so happy right now.” The two-time Pro Bowler, later finding himself in Amazon Prime‘s broadcast booth, shared a daring prophecy with analyst Kirk Herbstreit: “Anthony Richardson’s gonna lead us to a Super Bowl.”
As it turns out, Pat McAfee has held a high opinion of Anthony Richardson since well before the Draft. In March, just after the Draft Combine, he lauded the former Florida Gator on his show, noting that Richardson had stood out as the most impressive quarterback in the event:
“They’re saying that Anthony Richardson’s interviews have been the greatest we’ve had in a long time – ‘Anthony Richardson is said to be crushing the Combine!’ I talked to a handful of scouts last night; every single one of them said Anthony Richardson is the best quarterback interview they’ve had this year.”
McAfee is very confident on Richardson’s abilities
When Draft week rolled in, McAfee was all smiles when the Indianapolis Colts snagged Richardson with the 4th overall pick: “If we’re going to work on a project quarterback, a quarterback that didn’t have a lot of wins, let’s go ahead and get the guy whose No. 1 overall in the quarterback category in the history of the NFL Combine. Anthony Richardson, welcome to Indianapolis, pal! Shane Steichen worked MAGIC with Jalen Hurts. We assume the same damn thing with you. The Colts are back! I’m so pumped!”
Now, having witnessed Richardson’s on-field capabilities, the former punter has raised the bar considerably with his expectations for the budding Indianapolis starter.