Christian McCaffrey is an American football running back and return specialist for the Carolina Panthers. He is an interesting athlete and he also hails from a family full of athletes. Everywhere you look, you will surely see an athlete in the family; be it in soccer, track and field, or football, there is an abundance of sporting talents in the McCaffrey family. From his grandfather to his parents and even his siblings, it would have been almost an anomaly if he chose a different career. This piece covers a great deal of detail about this outstanding athlete. Read on!
Christian McCaffrey’s Bio
Christian Jackson McCaffrey was born June 7, 1996, in Castle Rock Colorado to former Stanford receiver and NFL wide receiver, Ed McCaffrey and former Stanford soccer star, Lisa McCaffrey. He has three siblings, an elder brother, Max and two younger brothers – Dylan and Luke. He began his strides in athletics at the age of three, according to his dad and would run around the fields trying to play soccer with his elder brother.
Christian attended Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. In high school, he played basketball, was a sprinter and also played football. In football, he played as a running back, punter, cornerback, and wide receiver breaking numerous records which led to him being made the 2012 and 2013 Gatorade Football Player of the Year. He was also ranked third best All-Purpose back in his class and 77th best overall.
In 2014, Christian was recruited by Stanford University to play college football in the schools’ team. As a first-year student, he played 13 games and had 52 yards receiving touchdown and finished with 300 rushing yards on 17 receptions and two touchdowns. The 2015 season saw a more incredible performance from Christian as he ranked second in the nation and became the first Stanford player to rush for 2000 in a season. He received two awards; the Paul Hornung Trophy and Associated Press College Player of the Year Award. He was also a consensus All-American and Pac-12 Player of the Year.
In the 2016 season, he picked up from where he stopped. He led the Pac-12 with a rushing yard 1,603. He sustained an injury which made him miss some of his games but his overall performance earned him the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year.
At the end of the year, Christian decided to skip an exhibition game to prepare for his pre-draft workout. He was criticized for abandoning his responsibility in the team. Most of his fans were disappointed because they expected him to wait until the end of the season which he didn’t. In his pre-draft, he was involved in positional drills and was ranked second best running back in the draft by NFL scouts and representatives.
On May 2017, he signed a four year deal worth $17.2 million with the Carolina Panthers. His contract with them includes extra bonuses worth about $10.7 million. The 2017 season began with Christian playing his first game against the San Francisco 49ers in which he recorded 47 rushing yards and 38 receiving yards. He finished the season with 435 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, 80 receptions, 651 receiving touchdowns.
Family: Dad, Brother, Mom
Christian McCaffrey’s father, Ed McCaffrey who was the head coach at Valor Christian High School, was also a college footballer at Stanford University and played professional football as a wide receiver from 1991-2003. He is 6 feet 5 inches tall. During his NFL Draft, Ed was selected in Round 3 as the 83rd overall pick by the New York Giants.
He played for three teams during his thirteen long years which include; the New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers, and Denver Broncos. Ed McCaffrey is a 3x Super Bowl Champion, won the Pro Bowl in 1998, a second-team All-Pro Award winner in 1998, won the First Team All-American and first-team All-Pacific 10 in 1990.
Lisa Sime now Lisa McCaffrey is the mother of Christian McCaffrey. He is her second among four sons. As an athlete, she played soccer at Stanford and she considers herself blessed beyond measure for having a son like Christian who is relentlessly focused, making her proud of him.
His brothers are Max, Dylan, and Luke McCaffrey. His family is known for being hugely into sports. Max is a wide receiver with San Francisco 49ers; Dylan is after a successful high school career was recruited to play college football at the University of Michigan; and Luke played high school football at Valor Christian High School and recently received two invitations to play college football with the University of Michigan and the University of Nebraska. He chose the latter.
Christian is considered a third generation athlete because his maternal grandfather, Dave Sime was an Olympic medalist. He was an unbeatable sprinter back in the days breaking world records. He won a gold medal in the Rome 1960 Olympic Games for the 100-meter race and a silver medal all in the same events.
His uncle, Billy McCaffrey, played basketball at Duke University and became a two-time All American. Immediately after his retirement, Billy got a placement at Bonaventure University as an assistant coach, a position which lasted for two years. He has since then been involved in coaching.
His maternal uncle, Scott Sime, also played football at Duke University from 1981 to 1986.
Personal Life – Girlfriend
Christian McCaffrey’s girlfriend is Brooke Pettet. She was born February 25, 1995, in Orange, California. Brooke has a bachelor degree in Broadcast Journalism from Arizona State University. After school, she worked for Public Insight Network Bureau. In 2017, she became a digital media intern for Fox Sports in Phoenix Arizona and a recruiting officer Kappa Alpha Theta Headquarters in Arizona. Brooke enjoys riding horses, a hobby she developed as a little girl. She is currently an instructor at Corepower Yoga in Denver.
Christian McCaffrey is not among the tallest of players but his drive for the game makes him match taller players in the field. He is 5 feet 11 inches tall and plays his position really well without slaking in his responsibilities. He has an appropriate weight suitable for a running back and a return specialist. Christian weighs about 205 lbs equivalent to 93 kg.