MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- There are two ways to look at Pat McAfee's longevity as a punter in the National Football League.
It could be he's in perhaps the position that poses the least amount of risk, though McAfee does add a little danger by pulling double duty as the kickoff specialist for the Indianapolis Colts.
Still, if he navigates a career of punts properly and doesn't have to make the special teams tackles that were often required of him when he played for West Virginia, McAfee could play for many more years.
Conversely, it could also be that McAfee holds one of the most tenuous, least certain positions in his profession.
For the purpose of practice and perspective, McAfee leans toward the latter.
"Kickers and punters get fired more than any other position," said McAfee, who will begin his third season whenever the NFL lockout ends and who was in town last week for a football camp and celebrity basketball game to benefit the family of the late Mountaineers receiver Chris Henry.
"I'm one slump away from being jobless. I know that. I work at my craft. I punt three times a week and work out. I take it very seriously."
Whenever the end arrives for McAfee, he's already started preparing in a predictably unique way. McAfee has built a massive following on Twitter, hosted his own online talk show and committed himself to regular oddball radio appearances in Indianapolis.
It's all part of his plan to stay busy and successful after football.
"I enjoy the entertianment thing," he said. "I enjoy the radio stuff. Twitter opened me up to pretty much every opportunity I could ever want, so I jump on it every chance I get."
McAfee has more than 9,300 tweets and 20,900 followers on Twitter (@PatMcAfeeShow). A local radio station has him on regularly for a segment called "Ask Pat That." He turned out 15 episodes of "The Pat McAfee" show and drew almost 3,000 viewers online at Ustream.tv.
He's even peddling T-shirts at www.thepatmcafeeshow.com that highlight the reason for his fame.
For $15 shoppers can buy a blue or pink T-shirt with a graphic of McAfee in sunglasses and long hair flashing a thumbs-up to endorse a message that reads "I swam with Pat McAfee."
McAfee, of course, was arrested in October for public intoxication after he went for a swim in a canal and then tried to get a ride home from a woman stopped at a red light after 5 a.m.
"I messed up, but I'm not a bad person," the 24-year-old McAfee said.
He was suspended for one game, which brought to life the idea his job isn't guaranteed, but also sent him on his way to being a surprisingly popular player.