Christian McCaffrey was an incredible all-round running back at Stanford who should have won the Heisman Trophy in college. He surprised some as the Panthers’ No.8 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, then immediately crushed him as a tough runner and dangerous receiver in the open field.
McCaffrey is currently the top running back in the league and it all started with his pedigree and production during an incredible high school career. The son of former Broncos Super Bowl champion and Pro Bowl wide receiver Ed McCaffrey played for Valor Christian in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, a suburb of Denver.
Speed and athleticism have been in the family for a long time, whether it’s Ed, Lisa, the mother of Christian (former footballer and daughter of an Olympic sprinter) or paternal uncle Billy, who played basketball at Duke, where Christian’s brother Max also played soccer. as a fast wide receiver. Another brother, Dylan, now plays QB under head coach Ed at Northern Colorado, while the youngest, Luke is now QB at Rice.
Here’s a look back at how best of all Christian saw his fame rise during his teenage years:
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Christian McCaffrey High School Statistics
While at Valor Christian (not named after him), McCaffrey (5-11, 205 pounds) played as a running back like he does in the NFL, but he also played as a wide receiver ( not surprisingly) and bettor. He also played basketball and was an outstanding track athlete.
During his playing career from 2010 to 2014, McCaffrey set state records for total touchdowns (141), receiving touchdowns (47) and general-purpose yards (8,845). He was twice named Colorado’s Gatorade Football Player of the Year for his junior and senior seasons.
Here’s a look at her year-by-year high school numbers, courtesy of MaxPreps:
First year (2010-11)
- Precipitation sites: 934
- TDs rushed: 14
- Reception price: 462
- Reception TD: 7
- All-purpose courses: 1,396
Second year (2011-12)
- Precipitation sites: 1,153
- TDs rushed: 22
- Reception price: 657
- Reception TD: 10
- Multipurpose sites: 1906
Junior year (2012-13)
- Precipitation sites: 1,390
- TDs rushed: 223
- Reception price: 665
- Reception TD: 14
- All-purpose course: 2,481
Senior year (2013-14)
- Precipitation sites: 1,863
- TDs rushed: 27
- Reception price: 721
- Reception TD: 16
- All-purpose jobsites: 3,032
Highlights of Christian McCaffrey High School
McCaffrey was a Valor Christian Top 100 rookie with a four-star rating and he was always underrated. According to Rivals.com, he was the 77th best player overall, but the third best running back in the all-around. He chose Stanford for the combination of strong athleticism and great academics. It didn’t hurt, that’s where Ed McCaffrey also played college football and met his mother Lisa.
The scary thing is that Christian continues to pass and run around NFL defenders with the same speed and quickness he displayed in passing his best high school in college competition.
His recruiting film shows a technically strong and well-trained player. Christian learned well from Ed’s professionalism and his ultimate success with another notable former Stanford superstar, John Elway. He has a good burst between tackles with a superior road run developed to match the stance to his exceptional hands.
McCaffrey appears to have extra gear, mentally and physically. He anticipates how the defenders will attempt to stop him and uses his explosiveness and elusiveness to win most of his open field battles. From the sizzling coils above to the less-seen footage, they’re fully on display.
Here’s McCaffrey’s impact on an entire game, the 2013 Colorado State Championship played at the Broncos field, where Ed once played. He is the most complete player on the pitch, in terms of mind and body.
Few players, regardless of their position, can seamlessly carry this college presence to the NFL. The Panthers were fortunate enough to tap into a talent that is the best total scrum return the league has seen since Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk. If McCaffrey stays healthy for a few more seasons, he will also be on the fast lane to Canton.