Former NFL pro Pat McAfee responds to Ninja's take on kickers - Dexerto

Former NFL pro Pat McAfee responds to Ninja’s take on kickers

Published: 30/Nov/2019 20:24 Updated: 4/Dec/2019 20:33

by Scott Robertson


Streaming star Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins’ take on the art of kicking in professional football was met with a fervor of responses online – including a couple from some current and former players who’ve experienced the aspect of sports that requires unbelievable mental strength.

If you think the late-game heroics in video games like CSGO, Fortnite, and League of Legends determine who is clutch and who is not, then you might be surprised to know that moments like that are a pop quiz compared to the mental test of nailing a game-winning field goal.

Being able to kick between the uprights in clutch moments could mean the difference between a Hall of Fame career like Adam Vinatieri, and not being able to set foot in the city of Chicago again, like Cody Parkey.

But Mixer streamer Ninja, who’s also a long-suffering but faithful Detroit Lions fan, expressed his opinion that it’s silly for kickers and their snappers to mess up something so silly.

Ducky, a mobile Fortnite player for Complexity, replied with a seemingly joking and similarly worded tweet about playing Fortnite, prompting Ninja to reply with the implication that Fortnite is harder than kicking in football due to of all its additional variables.

Whether  Ninja’s reply was serious or not, his initial take drew some responses from football players who take the art of kicking very seriously. Current Pro Bowler long snapper for the Denver Broncos, Casey Kreiter, responded with the point that special teams is a group effort that is never simple, to which Ninja agreed.

Kyle Long, guard for the Chicago Bears, responded cheekily with a tweet of his own, saying, “Hey @Ninja, there is no wind in Fortnite, and the grass can be changed in your settings.”

Former NFL punter Pat McAfee responded as well, inviting Ninja on his own “The Pat McAfee Show” to discuss.

McAfee punted kickoffs for the Indianapolis Colts from 2009 to 2016, where he made two Pro Bowls. He was well known for his colorful personality and sense of humor, which helped him translate to a career as an analyst and a show host with ease after he retired.

He’s also an avid professional wrestling fan, having appeared on WWE programming several times, and even once laying the smackdown on a Denver Broncos kick returner in 2013. 

Hopefully, there won’t be any body-slams if and when Ninja joins Pat on the show to discuss the art of kicking. Ninja has already been hurt by professional football players enough, being a Lions fans and all.


Daequan’s first tweet after 6-month hiatus sparks hope for Twitch return

Published: 27/Nov/2020 5:39

by Andrew Amos


Daequan ‘Daequan’ Loco has broken his six-month social media silence in time for Thanksgiving. While the tweet was short and sweet, it has given fans of the former TSM Fortnite star hope for a potential return to Twitch.

Daequan has practically disappeared from the public eye in 2020. He vowed that he’d try to return to Twitch by January 2020 after taking time off to focus on his health, but hasn’t made an appearance on the platform since December 2019.

On top of that, he’s gone quiet on socials, not posting anything since March. While he has moved in with long-time friend and former duo Hamlinz in the meantime, there wasn’t any indication he was coming back to streaming.

However, Daequan has finally broken his silence to give thanks to his fans on Thanksgiving, and tell everyone that he is getting along just fine.

“Feeling better than I have in years. Always thankful,” the short message red, with a selfie of the streamer.

The tweet has gone viral, with over 100,000 fans liking the tweet, and many of his contemporaries sending him messages of support, including TimtheTatman, NICKMERCS, and Classify.

Daequan’s eight-word return has also managed to spark hope in his fanbase of a potential return to streaming. No matter whether it’s Fortnite, or a new game that’s come out in his absence like Valorant, Daequan’s fans are itching to see him back on the platform.

There is potential for a return. Hamlinz has been a bit more active on social media, and Tfue even tried to get him to turn on the stream ⁠— even if just for a day.

No matter what though, Daequan is taking things at his own pace. He’s still on that journey to better health, and will return in his own time when he believes it’s right.

Fans of Daequan will be hoping it’s not another six months until we hear from the TSM Fortnite star again, but only time will tell if he actually commits to returning to streaming.