Christian McCaffrey helped lead Stanford to a Pac-12 championship and his play earned him a trip to New York City as a finalists for the Heisman Trophy. McCaffrey is one of the most unique players in college football.
His standard position is running back but is used by Stanford in a variety of ways. In addition to being heavily involved in the passing game, McCaffrey also returns kicks and punts making him one of the most exciting players for college football fans to watch.
Here is what you need to know about Christian McCaffrey:
1. McCaffrey Broke Barry Sanders All-Purpose Yardage Record
During the Pac-12 championship game, McCaffrey broke Barry Sanders record for all-purpose yards. His 3,276 yards broke Sanders’ record of 3,250 yards in one season. The record had previously stood for over two decades.
His son, Barry J Sanders, is a teammate of McCaffrey on Stanford. McCaffrey has shown a unique ability to get involved in the passing, running and return game for the Cardinal.
2. As a Kid, McCaffrey Imitated Terrell Owens Sharpie Celebration
McCaffrey showed a lot of swag as a kid. The Denver Broncos tweeted out this video of a young McCaffrey. It is footage of game between children and mascots.
McCaffrey strolled into the endzone for a touchdown. He reached into his sock and grabbed a sharpie. The video zooms in on him pretending to sign the ball before he throws it into the stands.
3. He Comes From an Athletic Pedigree Including a Dad that Played in the NFL
Christian’s grandfather, David Sime, was a great Olympic sprinter who won the silver medal in the 1960 Olympics in the 100-meter dash. His uncle, Billy McCaffrey, played college basketball for both Duke and Vanderbilt. It is difficult to find someone in Christian’s family who is not athletically inclined.
4. McCaffrey Had the Performance of the 2015 College Football Season in the Pac-12 Title Game
McCaffrey had his “Heisman moment” at the end of the Stanford season in the Cardinal’s biggest game of the season. He had 461 total yards. McCaffrey performed one of the hardest things to accomplish in football by having a receiving, passing and rushing touchdown in the same game.
5. He Had Moves in High School but Was Not Heavily Recruited
While Yahoo Sports lists a number of offers for McCaffrey coming out of high school, most schools did not recruit him at running back. Often times, schools recruited him as an “athlete” and did not have a clearly defined role for him. He spoke about this to Fox Sports:
“A lot of times I got confused for a kicker. And I’ve been compared to every white player in the NFL,” McCaffrey said. Stanford fans are happy that McCaffrey chose to go to Stanford.