Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey helps save hiker who fell off Colorado rock

McCaffrey, Carolina's starting running back going into his second season, made the initial call to 911, as his friend also assisted the older man.

Kahron Spearman

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey can do it all, and that would include helping save lives.

The second-year player was hiking in Castle Rock, Colorado, on Saturday when he, his brothers Dylan and Max, and two friends saw 72-year-old Dan Smoker Sr. fall about 20 feet onto a rock while exploring with his grandson, Eli Smoker (via ESPN.)

McCaffrey immediately called 911 and then rushed to assist Smoker. The man was later determined to have suffered a broken femur, pelvis and neck, fractured ribs and bleeding on the brain.

Everybody stepped up. 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 said an observer kept the mans head still. One of his friends also performed chest compressions when Smoker appeared to stop breathing.

Per the Charlotte Observer, McCaffrey, his mom and brothers visited Dan Smoker at the hospital the next day and was thanked my Smoker's family.

"Its such a I dont know what youd call it," McCaffrey told "Truly a blessing that we turned the corner at that exact moment and we could be there for him."


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