Ed McCaffrey

American football player and coach (born 1968)

American football player
Ed McCaffrey
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McCaffrey in 2024
No. 81, 87
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1968-08-17) August 17, 1968 (age 55)
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Allentown Central Catholic (Allentown, Pennsylvania)
College:Stanford (1986–1990)
NFL draft:1991 / Round: 3 / Pick: 83
Career history
As a player:
  • New York Giants (1991–1993)
  • San Francisco 49ers (1994)
  • Denver Broncos (1995–2003)
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:7,422
Player stats at PFR

Ed McCaffrey (born August 17, 1968) is an American former professional football player who was a wide receiver for 13 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) for the New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers, and Denver Broncos. He played college football for the Stanford Cardinal, earning first-team All-America honors in 1990.

Regarded as one of the best blocking wide receivers of all time, McCaffrey is a three-time Super Bowl champion (XXIX, XXXII, XXXIII), a second-team All-Pro selection in 1998, and a member of the Broncos' 50th anniversary team. He is the father of football players Max, Christian, Dylan, and Luke McCaffrey.

Early life

McCaffrey was born on August 17, 1968, in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania and attended Allentown Central Catholic High School in Allentown, where he played football in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. He also was a standout basketball player for Allentown Central Catholic High School, leading the school to Pennsylvania state titles in 1984 and 1986.[1]


McCaffrey attended Stanford University, where he played college football for the Cardinal. He finished his Stanford career as the school's fifth all-time leader in receptions (146) and third all-time leader in receiving yards (2,333). He earned first-team All-America and All-Pac-10 Conference honors as a senior in 1990, catching 61 passes for 917 yards and eight touchdowns that season. McCaffrey was enshrined in Stanford's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990.[2] At Stanford, he also was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.[citation needed]

National Football League

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Vertical jump
6 ft 5 in
(1.96 m)
210 lb
(95 kg)
34+12 in
(0.88 m)
10+14 in
(0.26 m)
4.69 s 1.64 s 2.73 s 4.15 s 37.0 in
(0.94 m)
All values from NFL Combine[3]
McCaffrey with the Denver Broncos in 1998

McCaffrey entered the 1991 NFL Draft and was selected by the New York Giants in the third round (83rd overall).[4] During his thirteen-year career, he won three Super Bowl rings, Super Bowl XXIX with the San Francisco 49ers and Super Bowl XXXII and Super Bowl XXXIII with the Denver Broncos and was named to the Pro Bowl in 1998.

With the Denver Broncos, he became a reliable target for quarterback John Elway, set a Broncos record for most receptions in a season at the time with 101 receptions in the 2000 season, and had an exceptional performance in Super Bowl XXXIII against the Atlanta Falcons, recording five catches for 72 yards. In 2000, McCaffrey and teammate Rod Smith became only the second wide receiver duo from the same team to each gain 100 receptions in the same season, matching a record by Herman Moore and Brett Perriman.

In the opening game of the Broncos' 2001 season, McCaffrey suffered a leg fracture in a Monday Night Football game against the New York Giants.[5] He rebounded in the 2002 season for the Broncos, registering 69 receptions and 903 yards. Hampered by injuries during a disappointing 2003 season, McCaffrey retired on February 29, 2004. He finished his career with 565 career receptions for 7,422 yards along with 55 touchdowns.[6] During his tenure, he was known by the nicknames "Easy,"[7] “Eddie Mac,”[8] “White Lightning,”[9] and “The Bruise.”[10]

NFL career statistics

Year Team GP Receiving
Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
1991 NYG 16 16 146 9.1 26 0
1992 NYG 16 49 610 12.4 44 5
1993 NYG 16 27 335 12.4 31 2
1994 SF 16 11 131 11.9 32 2
1995 DEN 16 39 477 12.2 35 2
1996 DEN 15 48 553 11.5 39 7
1997 DEN 15 45 590 13.1 35 8
1998 DEN 15 64 1,053 16.5 48 10
1999 DEN 15 71 1,018 14.3 78 7
2000 DEN 16 101 1,317 13.0 61 9
2001 DEN 1 6 94 15.7 28 1
2002 DEN 16 69 903 13.1 69 2
2003 DEN 12 19 195 10.3 23 0
Career 185 565 7,422 13.1 78 55
NFL Post-Season Stats
Year Team GP Receiving
Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FD
1993 NYG 2 5 59 11.8 14 0 2
1994 SF 3 1 5 5.0 5 0 0
1996 DEN 1 5 54 10.8 15 1 3
1997 DEN 4 12 171 14.3 43 1 7
1998 DEN 3 11 190 17.3 47 0 9
2000 DEN 1 8 75 9.4 16 0 5
Career 14 42 554 13.2 47 2 26

Coaching career

Valor Christian High School

McCaffrey was named the head football coach at Valor Christian High School in February 2018.[11]

Northern Colorado

On December 12, 2019, the University of Northern Colorado hired McCaffrey as head football coach.[12] He was fired from the position on November 21, 2022.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Northern Colorado Bears (Big Sky Conference) (2020–2022)
2020–21 No team—COVID-19
2021 Northern Colorado 3–8 2–6 10th
2022 Northern Colorado 3–8 2–6 T–8th
Northern Colorado: 6–16 4–12
Total: 6–16

High school

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Valor Christian Eagles () (2018–2019)
2018 Valor Christian 14–0 5–0 1st
2019 Valor Christian 10–2 5–0 1st
Valor Christian: 24–2 10–0
Total: 24–2
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth

Life after football

McCaffrey began coaching youth football camps in the summer of 2000. In 2011, he founded SportsEddy, which includes not just football but lacrosse, soccer, baseball and basketball camps. The Ed McCaffrey "Dare to Play" football camp and the "Dare to Cheer" cheerleading camp for individuals with Down syndrome are produced in partnership with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. McCaffrey also founded the McCaffrey Family Foundation with wife Lisa, to assist children whose medical situation has created an academic or financial hardship.

He also has his own brand of mustard and horseradish sauce, which can be found in supermarkets across Colorado and into Nebraska. On July 30, 2012, McCaffrey was named the new color analyst for 850 KOA, flagship station of the Denver Broncos Radio Network, replacing Brian Griese. In 2019, it was announced he would serve as the commissioner of the planned Pacific Pro Football league.

Personal life

McCaffrey is the oldest of five children, with two brothers and two sisters: Monica, who played college basketball at Georgetown University, Billy, who played college basketball at Duke University and Vanderbilt University, Michael, and Meghan.

McCaffrey met his wife, Lisa (Sime), daughter of Olympic sprinter Dave Sime, while they were both students at Stanford University. They have four sons together, all of whom have played football.

Their eldest, Max, was a wide receiver who played college football at Duke. He was on the rosters of several different NFL teams from 2016 to 2018,[13] and served as offensive assistant for Miami Dolphins[14]

Christian McCaffrey was a four-star running back for the Valor Eagles between 2010 and 2014. During that time, he also played wide receiver, cornerback, and punter. He broke numerous Colorado state high school records, including career total touchdowns (141), career all purpose yards (8,845), career touchdown receptions (47), and single season all-purpose yards (3,032).[15] He was the Gatorade Football Player of the Year for Colorado in both 2012 and 2013.[16] He also played basketball. He was a running back for the Stanford Cardinal in 2014, 2015, and 2016, and was the runner-up for the 2015 Heisman Trophy behind Alabama's Derrick Henry in the 2015 voting.[17] He left Stanford a year early after the 2016 season to enter the 2017 NFL Draft, where he was selected by the Carolina Panthers with the eighth overall selection in the first round. Christian was later traded to the San Francisco 49ers in the middle of the 2022 season.

Dylan McCaffrey was a four-star quarterback for Valor Christian who graduated in 2017. His team won the Colorado Class 5A state championship, the highest level of play, in three of the four years he played. As the second-ranked quarterback in the country and top-ranked quarterback in Colorado, Dylan received scholarship offers from Duke, Colorado, Rutgers, LSU, Michigan, Washington, UCLA, Colorado State, and Penn State.[18] He committed to play college football at Michigan in February 2016.[19] After graduating from Michigan in December 2020, he announced his transfer to Northern Colorado[20] in January 2021, where he finished his final year of eligibility and received his Master of Business Administration.

McCaffrey's youngest son, Luke McCaffrey, graduated Valor Christian in May 2019. He received football scholarship offers from Michigan and Nebraska.[21] He committed to Nebraska in June 2018.[22] On June 9, 2021, he re-entered the transfer portal; on June 14, 2021, he announced that he was transferring to Rice University.[23] Luke was selected by the Washington Commanders in the third round of the 2024 NFL draft.


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  2. ^ "Stanford University - Hall of Fame TEST".
  3. ^ "Ed McCaffrey, Combine Results, WR - Stanford". nflcombineresults.com. Retrieved October 18, 2021.
  4. ^ "1991 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved May 7, 2023.
  5. ^ Branch, John (October 23, 2005). "Nightmare Eve, the Game Before 9/11". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 8, 2015.
  6. ^ "Ed McCaffrey Career Stats". NFL.com.
  7. ^ Webb, D. (August 26, 2010). "Eric Decker Embodies Soul of Broncos' No. 87: Making Easy Ed Proud?". Bleacher Report.
  8. ^ Unknown (September 11, 2001). "Broncos' McCaffrey Suffers Broken Leg". Washington Post.
  10. ^ Staff Reporter (July 20, 2014). "FLASHBACK: In 1994, Ed McCaffrey signs with the 49ers". The Morning Call.
  11. ^ Newman, Kyle (February 5, 2018). "Valor Christian names former Broncos WR Ed McCaffrey its new head football coach". The Denver Post. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  12. ^ "Broncos great Ed McCaffrey named Northern Colorado football head coach". The Denver Post. December 12, 2019. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  13. ^ "49ers Announce Several Roster Move". San Francisco 49ers. November 27, 2018.
  14. ^ Pfeifer, Ryan (January 17, 2020). "McCaffrey Welcomes Seven Members to Staff". Northern Colorado Bears. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  15. ^ Devlin, Neil H. (November 9, 2013). "Christian McCaffrey makes run into record book". The Denver Post. Retrieved December 14, 2019.
  16. ^ Nguyen, Joe (December 11, 2013). "Christian McCaffrey wins 2013 Gatorade Colorado Player of the Year". The Denver Post. Retrieved December 14, 2019.
  17. ^ Lombardi, David (January 2, 2016). "No Heisman, no problem: Christian McCaffrey offers glimpse of what's to come in '16". ESPN. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
  18. ^ "Prospect Info: Dylan McCaffrey". 247Sports.com.
  19. ^ Sayles, Damon. "4-Star QB Dylan McCaffrey's Commitment to Michigan a Major Win for Jim Harbaugh". Bleacher Report. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  20. ^ Fredrickson, Kyle. "Why Michigan quarterback transfer Dylan McCaffrey chose to play for his dad at Northern Colorado". The Denver Post. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  21. ^ "Prospect Info: Luke McCaffrey". 247Sports.com. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  22. ^ "Luke McCaffrey on Instagram: "After much consideration, I am extremely blessed to announce that I am officially committed to The University of Nebraska! #GBR"". Instagram. Retrieved September 7, 2018. Non-loginwalled link at bibliogram.pussthecat.org[permanent dead link]
  23. ^ "QB Luke McCaffrey transferring to Rice after leaving Louisville".

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