Christian McCaffrey

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Christian McCaffrey
No. 22 – Carolina Panthers
Position: Running back/return specialist
Personal information
Born: (1996-06-07) June 7, 1996 (age 22)
Castle Rock, Colorado
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Highlands Ranch (CO) Valor Christian
College: Stanford
NFL Draft: 2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Rushing yards: 435
Rushing touchdowns: 2
Receptions: 80
Receiving yards: 651
Receiving touchdowns: 5
Return yards: 220
Return touchdowns: 0
Player stats at

Christian Jackson McCaffrey (born June 7, 1996) is an American football running back and return specialist for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Stanford, and was drafted by the Panthers with the eighth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. As a sophomore in 2015, McCaffrey was the AP College Football Player of the Year and the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy. He holds the NCAA record for most all-purpose yards in a season with 3,864. He is the son of former Stanford and NFL wide receiver Ed McCaffrey and former Stanford soccer star Lisa McCaffrey, who is the daughter of U.S. Olympian Dave Sime.

Early years[edit]

McCaffrey attended Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.[1] He played running back, wide receiver, cornerback, and punter. He broke numerous Colorado high school records including career total touchdowns (141), career all purpose yards (8,845), career touchdown receptions (47), and single season all-purpose yards (3,032).[2] He was the Gatorade Football Player of the Year for Colorado in both 2012 and 2013.[3] He also played basketball.

McCaffrey was also a standout sprinter on the track & field team. As a junior in 2012, he placed second in the 100-meter dash at the Mountain Vista Boulder Invitational with a career-best time of 10.75 seconds.[4] As a senior in 2013, he finished sixth in the 100-meter dash (10.89s) and ninth in the 200-meter dash (22.17s) at the CHSAA State Meet.[5]

Considered one of the best one hundred football players in his national high school class, McCaffrey was selected as a 2014 U.S. Army All-American. McCaffrey was rated by as a four-star recruit and was ranked as the third best all-purpose back in his class and 77th best player overall.[6] He committed to Stanford University to play college football.[7][8]

College career[edit]

2014 season[edit]

McCaffrey played in all 13 games as a true freshman at Stanford in 2014. In his collegiate debut, he had a 52-yard receiving touchdown against UC-Davis.[9] He finished the year with 300 rushing yards on 43 carries and 251 receiving yards on 17 receptions with two total touchdowns.[10][11]

2015 season[edit]

McCaffrey had a breakout sophomore season in 2015.[12][13] He broke Barry Sanders's NCAA record of 3,250 all-purpose yards, finishing with 3,864. Sanders's son Barry J. Sanders coincidentally happened to be one of McCaffrey's teammates that year.[14][15] McCaffrey ranked second in the nation with 2,019 rushing yards,[16] becoming the first Stanford player to rush for 2,000 in a season.[17] He also set numerous other Stanford records during the season including rushing yards in a single game (243)[18] and all-purpose yards in a game (461).[19]

McCaffrey was a consensus All-American and was the Associated Press College Football Player of the Year, Pac-12 Player of the Year, and Paul Hornung Award winner.[20][21][22] He also finished second to Alabama's Derrick Henry in the 2015 Heisman Trophy voting.[23]

During the 2016 Rose Bowl against Iowa, McCaffrey became the first player to rush for over 100 yards (172) and have over 100 yards receiving (109) in a Rose Bowl game. Overall, he set a new Rose Bowl record with 368 all-purpose yards, breaking the previous record set in 2012 by Wisconsin’s Jared Abbrederis.[24]

2016 season[edit]

Through the end of the 2016 regular season, McCaffrey led the nation in all purpose yards (211.6 yards per game). He led the Pac-12 in rushing yards (1,603) and ranked fourth in the nation in rushing yards per game (145.7).[25] After being injured during the Cardinal's 42–16 loss to Washington State on October 8, McCaffrey sat out for the team's 17–10 victory in the 2016 edition of the Notre Dame-Stanford rivalry the following week.[26] McCaffrey set a Stanford single-game rushing record with 284 rushing yards against California.[27] McCaffrey was named to the 2016 All-Pac-12 first team and was named the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year. After the season, he decided to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.[28]

On December 19, McCaffrey announced he would not participate in the team's Sun Bowl game against North Carolina, opting to skip the game to prepare for the NFL Draft.[29] His decision was met with mixed reactions; supporters agreed it was a smart decision,[30][31][32] while those opposing considered the move selfish,[33] and potentially detrimental to college football should other players follow suit.[34][35][36] Radio host Mike Greenberg, in defense of McCaffrey, said, "Calling Christian McCaffrey a quitter for skipping an exhibition game to prepare for his career is the height of just not getting it."[36]

NCAA career statistics
Season Rushing Receiving Punt return Kickoff return All-purpose
Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Ret Yds Avg TD Ret Yds Avg TD Yds
2014 42 300 7.1 0 17 251 14.8 2 9 154 17.1 0 5 91 18.2 0 796
2015 337 2,019 6.0 8 45 645 14.3 5 15 130 8.7 1 37 1,070 28.9 1 3,864
2016 253 1,603 6.3 13 37 310 8.4 3 10 96 9.6 0 14 318 22.7 0 2,327
Total 632 3,922 6.2 21 99 1,206 12.2 10 34 380 11.2 1 56 1,479 26.4 1 6,987

Professional career[edit]

McCaffrey received an invitation to the NFL Combine as one of the top running back prospects entering the draft and completed all of the required combine drills and participated in positional drills. He attended Stanford's Pro Day, but was satisfied with his combine numbers and only ran positional drills for the NFL scouts and representatives. McCaffrey was projected to be a first round pick by the majority of NFL experts and analysts. He was ranked the third best running back in the draft by Sports Illustrated, the fourth best running back by Pro Football Focus, and ranked the second best by and ESPN.[37][38][39]

External video
McCaffrey's NFL Combine workout
Christian McCaffrey's 40-yard dash
McCaffrey's NFL Combine interview
McCaffrey's Stanford Pro Day Highlights
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 11 in
(1.80 m)
202 lb
(92 kg)
30 18 in
(0.77 m)
9 18 in
(0.23 m)
4.48 s 1.55 s 2.60 s 4.22 s 6.57 s 37.5 in
(0.95 m)
10 ft 1 in
(3.07 m)
10 reps
All values from NFL Combine.[40][41]

The Carolina Panthers selected McCaffrey in the first round with the eighth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.[42] He was the second running back selected in that year's draft. Only Leonard Fournette went before him with the fourth overall pick.[43][44]

External video
Panthers select McCaffrey eighth overall
McCaffrey receives call from Panthers

On May 4, 2017, the Carolina Panthers signed McCaffrey to a four-year, $17.2 million contract with the signing bonus of $10.7 million.[45][46]

He made his professional regular season debut in the Carolina Panthers' season-opener against the San Francisco 49ers and recorded 47 rushing yards, 38 receiving yards, and one lost fumble in a 23–3 victory.[47] In Week 3, against the New Orleans Saints, he had nine receptions for 101 yards.[48] In Week 5 against the Detroit Lions, McCaffrey scored his first career touchdown on a six-yard shovel pass from quarterback Cam Newton.[49] In Week 9, against the Atlanta Falcons, he scored his first career rushing touchdown on a four-yard rush in the second quarter.[50] In the team's Monday Night Football win over the Miami Dolphins, McCaffrey scored twice–one rushing and one receiving–and totaled 50 yards.[51] In Week 15, in a victory over the Green Bay Packers, McCaffrey brought his season total to 73 catches and five receiving touchdowns, being the only rookie running back in NFL history with at least 70 receptions and five touchdown catches before being joined by Alvin Kamara later in the season.[52][53] The following week, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, McCaffrey brought his catch total to 75, breaking the Panthers rookie record of 74 set by Kelvin Benjamin.[54][55] He finished his rookie season with 435 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, 80 receptions, 651 receiving yards, and five receiving touchdowns.[56] The Panthers made the playoffs as the #5-seed.[57] In the Wild Card Round against the New Orleans Saints, he had 16 rushing yards, six receptions, 101 receiving yards, and one receiving touchdown in the 31–26 loss.[58]

Career statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving Returning Fumbles
G GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Yds TD Fum Lost
2017 CAR 16 10 117 435 3.7 40 2 80 651 8.1 37 5 220 0 2 1
Career 16 10 117 435 3.7 40 2 80 651 8.1 37 5 220 0 2 1

Personal life[edit]

Christian's father, Ed McCaffrey, played college football at Stanford and in the NFL (mostly for the Denver Broncos) from 1991 to 2003. His mother, Lisa Sime, played soccer at Stanford. His older brother, Max, played football at Duke University and is currently a wide receiver with the NFL's San Francisco 49ers. His younger brother, Dylan, is a true freshman quarterback at the University of Michigan. His youngest brother, Luke, has verbally committed to the University of Nebraska to play quarterback. [59][60] His uncle, Billy McCaffrey, played college basketball at Duke University and Vanderbilt University. His maternal grandfather is Dave Sime, an Olympic track star.[61]

On March 7, 2018, it was revealed that McCaffrey was going on a hike at Castle Rock, Colorado, where he witnessed a 72-year old man tumble and fall 20 feet down onto a large rock. McCaffrey and other witnesses tended to the injured man, which proved to be successful.[62]


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