Colts punter Pat McAfee was not fined for this hit on Trindon Holliday. (Joe Amon/Denver Post/Getty Images)
Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee's jarring hit to Denver Broncos kick returner Trindon Holliday was totally legal, according to NFL.com. McAfee wasn't fined for the hit.
McAfee drilled Holliday with what looked to be a helmet-to-helmet hit near the Broncos sideline near the end of the first quarter during the Colts' 39-33 victory over the Broncos on Sunday night.
“The hit was something that snapped me back into it a little bit,” said McAfee. “He is very fast and I just closed my eyes and ran my hardest and things happened."
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McAfee was soon a big hit on social media and even got noticed by Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who the league has fined numerous times for his on-field antics.
“I wish I could say I knew my helmet might hit his helmet, but I was just running over there full speed hoping to make a play. I got lucky,” McAfee said. “The fact that Ndamukong Suh has any idea who I am is pretty sweet; that’s pretty awesome.
“If I can get credit from him, that’s pretty cool. It’s all about getting respect of your teammates and that’s what plays like that do.”