Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey has a few big new fans in Colorado. Over the weekend, he, his brother Max, and a friend helped save a man’s life.
McCaffrey was part of a group of hikers that helped save a 72-year old man while hiking Saturday. The group was on a hike in Castle Rock in Colorado, when they saw Dan Smoker Sr. fall onto a rock.
He said that the group was “in shock” after the incident, but quickly moved to help. They assisted in his recovery after he fell “for what fell like 10 seconds” according to the former Stanford star.
From CBS Sports:
Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey’s offseason went from ordinary to traumatic when he, his friends, and his brothers (including 49ers wide receiver Max McCaffrey) watched 72-year-old Dan Smoker Sr. fall 20 feet onto a rock below him during a hike at Castle Rock in Colorado on Saturday. Thankfully, in part because of the quick response by McCaffrey, the rest of his group, and paramedics, Smoker survived the fall.
McCaffrey called for help. The others tended to Smoker until paramedics arrived 11 minutes later. According to Panthers.com’s Max Henson, Smoker suffered “a broken femur, a broken pelvis, internal bleeding, bleeding on the brain, nine fractured ribs and a broken neck.” At one point, before the paramedics got there, his breathing stopped, which forced the group to perform chest compressions. Smoker is in critical condition, but he’s stable.
McCaffrey said that the group was with the man for 11 minutes before paramedics arrived. Smoker’s son, Dan Smoker Jr., credits the McCaffreys and friend Michael Mann with saving his father’s life.
Because of Michael Mann, @notoriousmax25, @run__cmc and a few other amazing folks, my 13yo son isn't telling a story about how he went on a hike with his grandpa and his grandpa died. He's telling a story of strength, hope, and human goodness. @AdamSchefter @espn
— Dan Smoker (@dsmokexu) March 6, 2018
After helping save Smoker, the group showed up at the hospital to check in on him. The younger Smoker posted a picture with the three and 13-year old Eli Smoker from what appears to be the waiting room.
Michael Mann, @run__cmc and @notoriousmax25 are great football players, but even better humans. Yesterday, they helped save my dads life after he fell off of Castle Rock. They comforted my son when he was alone. Then showed up at the hospital to check in. @AdamSchefter @espn pic.twitter.com/MVAdbr2gYV
— Dan Smoker (@dsmokexu) March 4, 2018
McCaffrey has exchanged texts with Eli since the incident. He thinks that the incident, and the heroic story that came from it, could help them build a bond.
In the aftermath, McCaffrey has been exchanging texts with Eli to check in on him. As McCaffrey said, “I was traumatized, and I had no relation.” He added that “it could be a lifelong bond between us.”
Christian McCaffrey just wrapped up his rookie season with the Panthers, in which he had over 1,000 total yards and seven touchdowns. Max McCaffrey, who played at Duke, is currently a member of the San Francisco 49ers.