Panthers' Christian McCaffrey Helped Man, 72, After Critical Fall

Turns out Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey doesn’t have game saving hands on the field, he has life saving hands off of it.

This, after the eighth pick of the last year’s draft was hiking with family and friends in Castle Rock, Colorado, on Saturday when they witnessed 72-year-old Dan Smoker Sr. fall about 20-feet onto a rock while hiking with his grandson, Eli Smoker.

McCaffrey immediately called 911 and then rushed with others in his group to help Smoker Sr., who at the hospital was determined to have suffered a broken femur, pelvis and neck, fractured ribs and internal bleeding on the brain.

"I credit them with saving my dad's life," Smoker's son, Dan Smoker said yesterday.

McCaffrey was hiking with family and friends when they walked up on the fall as it occurred.

"It felt like he was in the air for 10 seconds," McCaffrey told the team website. "I had never seen anything quite like that in my life as far as the trauma and the sound. We were in shock."

Of course, McCaffery ever the team player, was quick to share the credit.

"Everybody stepped up," McCaffrey said. "I called 911, and it felt like an eternity. It felt like we were up there waiting for four hours. But I looked back at my call log and it took 11 minutes before the paramedics came. Amazing what those guys did."

McCaffrey led the Panthers with 80 catches this past season but this first catch of the 2018 is going to be hard to top.

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