Ed McCaffrey

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Ed McCaffrey
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McCaffrey in 2016
Northern Colorado Bears
Position:Head coach
Personal information
Born: (1968-08-17) August 17, 1968 (age 53)
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Allentown (PA) Central Catholic
NFL Draft:1991 / Round: 3 / Pick: 83
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:7,422
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Edward Thomas McCaffrey, Jr. (born August 17, 1968) is an American football coach and former wide receiver who played in the National Football League (NFL) for thirteen seasons. McCaffrey played college football for Stanford University and earned first-team All-American honors. The New York Giants chose him in the third round of the 1991 NFL Draft. He also played for the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos. He is currently the head coach of the Northern Colorado Bears football team.

High school and collegiate football[edit]

Born in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth and Ed McCaffrey,[1] McCaffrey played high school football at Allentown Central Catholic High School in Allentown, where he competed in the East Penn Conference in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley. McCaffrey was also a standout basketball player for Allentown Central Catholic High School, leading the school to state titles in 1984 and 1986.

He played college football at Stanford University in California, and as a senior in 1990 was an All-American. At Stanford, he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Vertical jump
6 ft 5 in
(1.96 m)
210 lb
(95 kg)
34+12 in
(0.88 m)
10+14 in
(0.26 m)
4.69 s 1.64 s 2.73 s 4.15 s 37.0 in
(0.94 m)
All values from NFL Combine[2]
McCaffrey with the Broncos in 1998

McCaffrey was selected by the Giants in the third round (83rd overall) in the 1991 NFL draft. During his thirteen-year career, he won three Super Bowl rings (Super Bowl XXIX, as a 49er; XXXII and XXXIII, as a Bronco) and made a Pro Bowl appearance in 1998. In Denver, he became a reliable target for quarterback John Elway, set a Broncos record for most receptions in a season at the time (with 101 receptions in 2000), and had an exceptional performance in Super Bowl XXXIII, recording five catches for 72 yards. Also in 2000, McCaffrey and teammate Rod Smith became only the second wide receiver duo from the same team to each gain 100 receptions in the same season (see Herman Moore and Brett Perriman).

In the opening game of the Broncos' 2001 season, McCaffrey suffered a leg fracture while playing a Monday Night Football game with the Broncos against the Giants.[3] He rebounded in the 2002 season with 69 receptions and 903 yards. Hampered by injuries during a disappointing 2003 season, McCaffrey retired on February 29, 2004. He finished his career with 565 career receptions for 7,422 yards along with 55 touchdowns.[4]

McCaffrey is the oldest of five children, with two brothers and two sisters: Monica (who played basketball at Georgetown University), Billy (who played basketball at Duke and Vanderbilt), Michael, and Meghan.

NFL career statistics[edit]

Year Team GP Rec Yards Avg TD
1991 NYG 16 16 146 9.1 0
1992 NYG 16 49 610 12.4 5
1993 NYG 16 27 335 12.4 2
1994 SF 16 11 131 11.9 2
1995 DEN 16 39 477 12.2 2
1996 DEN 15 48 553 11.5 7
1997 DEN 15 45 590 13.1 8
1998 DEN 15 64 1,053 16.5 10
1999 DEN 15 71 1,018 14.3 7
2000 DEN 16 101 1,317 13.0 9
2001 DEN 1 6 94 15.7 1
2002 DEN 16 69 903 13.1 2
2003 DEN 12 19 195 10.3 0
Career 185 565 7,422 13.1 55

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs STATS# Coaches°
Northern Colorado Bears (Big Sky Conference) (2021–present)
2020 Northern Colorado[a] 0–0 0-0
2021 Northern Colorado 3–8 2–6 10th
Northern Colorado: 3–8 2–6
Total: 3–7
  • #Rankings from final TSN/STATS Poll.
  1. ^ Northern Colorado did not play in the 2020–21 school year due to COVID-19 concerns.

Life after football[edit]

McCaffrey began coaching youth football camps in the summer of 2000. In 2011, he founded SportsEddy, which includes not just football but lacrosse, soccer, baseball and basketball camps. The Ed McCaffrey "Dare to Play" football camp and the "Dare to Cheer" cheerleading camp for individuals with Down syndrome are produced in partnership with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. McCaffrey also founded the McCaffrey Family Foundation with wife Lisa, to assist children whose medical situation has created an academic or financial hardship.

He also has his own brand of mustard and horseradish sauce, which can be found in supermarkets across Colorado and into Nebraska. On July 30, 2012, McCaffrey was named the new color analyst for 850 KOA, flagship station of the Denver Broncos Radio Network, replacing Brian Griese. On January 7, 2019, it was announced he would serve as the commissioner of the Pacific Pro Football league, a planned professional development football league founded by Don Yee.

McCaffrey was named the head football coach at Valor Christian High School in February 2018.[5]

On December 12, 2019, the University of Northern Colorado hired McCaffrey as head football coach.[6]

Personal life[edit]

McCaffrey met his wife, Lisa (Sime), daughter of Olympic sprinter Dave Sime, while they both attended Stanford University. Together, they have four sons, all of whom have played football.

Their eldest, Max, was a wide receiver who played college football at Duke. He was on the rosters of several different NFL teams from 2016–2018,[7] and currently serves as the wide receivers coach at Northern Colorado under his father.[8]

Christian McCaffrey was a four-star running back for the Valor Eagles between 2010 and 2014. During that time, he also played 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).[9] He was the Gatorade Football Player of the Year for Colorado in both 2012 and 2013.[10] He also played basketball. He was a running back for the Stanford Cardinal between 2014, 2015 and 2016, and was the runner-up for the 2015 Heisman Trophy against Alabama's Derrick Henry in the 2015 voting.[11] He left school a year early after the 2016 season and was drafted with the eighth pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers.

Dylan McCaffrey was a four-star quarterback for Valor Christian who graduated in 2017. His team won the Colorado Class 5A state championship (5A being the highest of the five classes) in three of the four years he played. As the second-ranked quarterback in the country and top-ranked quarterback in Colorado, Dylan received scholarship offers from Duke, Colorado, Rutgers, LSU, Michigan, Washington, UCLA, Colorado State and Penn State.[12] He committed to play college football at Michigan in February 2016.[13] In January 2021, he announced his transfer to Northern Colorado.[14]

The youngest son, Luke McCaffrey, graduated Valor Christian in May 2019. He received an offer from Michigan, along with an offer from Nebraska.[15] He committed to Nebraska in June 2018.[16] In February 2021, he announced he was transferring to the University of Louisville.[17] On June 9, 2021, he re-entered the transfer portal, and on June 14, he announced that he was transferring to Rice University.[18]


  1. ^ "Ed Mccaffrey Injury Didn't Dull Reputation; Named to Parade's All-America".
  2. ^ "Ed McCaffrey, Combine Results, WR - Stanford". nflcombineresults.com. Retrieved October 18, 2021.
  3. ^ Branch, John (October 23, 2005). "Nightmare Eve, the Game Before 9/11". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 8, 2015.
  4. ^ "Ed McCaffrey Career Stats".
  5. ^ Newman, Kyle (February 5, 2018). "Valor Christian names former Broncos WR Ed McCaffrey its new head football coach". The Denver Post. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  6. ^ "Broncos great Ed McCaffrey named Northern Colorado football head coach". The Denver Post. December 12, 2019. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  7. ^ "49ers Announce Several Roster Move". San Francisco 49ers. November 27, 2018.
  8. ^ Pfeifer, Ryan (January 17, 2020). "McCaffrey Welcomes Seven Members to Staff". Northern Colorado Bears. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  9. ^ Devlin, Neil H. (November 9, 2013). "Christian McCaffrey makes run into record book". The Denver Post. Retrieved December 14, 2019.
  10. ^ Nguyen, Joe (December 11, 2013). "Christian McCaffrey wins 2013 Gatorade Colorado Player of the Year". The Denver Post. Retrieved December 14, 2019.
  11. ^ Lombardi, David (January 2, 2016). "No Heisman, no problem: Christian McCaffrey offers glimpse of what's to come in '16". ESPN. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
  12. ^ "Prospect Info: Dylan McCaffrey". 247Sports.com.
  13. ^ Sayles, Damon. "4-Star QB Dylan McCaffrey's Commitment to Michigan a Major Win for Jim Harbaugh". Bleacher Report. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  14. ^ Fredrickson, Kyle. "Why Michigan quarterback transfer Dylan McCaffrey chose to play for his dad at Northern Colorado". The Denver Post. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  15. ^ "Prospect Info: Luke McCaffrey". 247Sports.com. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  16. ^ "Luke McCaffrey on Instagram: "After much consideration, I am extremely blessed to announce that I am officially committed to The University of Nebraska! #GBR"". Instagram. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  17. ^ Nguyen, Joe (February 22, 2021). "Luke McCaffrey announces he's transferring to the University of Louisville". The Denver Post. Retrieved February 22, 2021.
  18. ^ "QB Luke McCaffrey transferring to Rice after leaving Louisville".

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