Just how many McCaffreys are out there?
That might be a frequent question asked on a football weekend for the forseeable future. Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is the most visible among his brothers at the moment as a bona fide superstar and the NFL’s highest-paid running back in 2020. But he is far from the only McCaffrey making noise on the football scene with Luke McCaffrey, the youngest brother, a freshman quarterback for Nebraska.
Here’s a look at the McCaffrey family tree — one that is flush with athletic talent across multiple generations.
Christian McCaffrey’s parents
Ed played wide receiver at Stanford before a 13-year NFL career with the Giants, 49ers and Broncos. He was a role player with San Francisco during a Super Bowl run in 1994, but his career took off with Denver from 1996-2003. He had three 1,000-yard seasons and helped the Broncos win two Super Bowls. McCaffrey retired with 565 catches for 7,422 yards and 55 TDs. McCaffrey is currently the head coach at Nothern Colorado.
Lisa (Sime) McCaffrey
Lisa was a star soccer player at Stanford when she met Ed. She was a three-year letter-winner from 1987-89 and a teammate of Julie Foudy. Stanford was 28-19-9 in those three seasons and beginning its ascent to a national powerhouse.
Does Christian McCaffrey have a brother?
Ed and Lisa McCaffrey have four sons, and all of them have played college football in the FBS.
Max, 26, is the oldest sibling. He played receiver at Duke from 2012-15, where he piled up 117 catches for 1,341 yards and 12 TDs for his career. McCaffrey was a two-time Academic All-American with the Blue Devils. He bounced around five different practice squads in the NFL. He is now the receivers coach at Northern Colorado.
Christian, 24, enjoyed a brilliant three-year career at Stanford from 2014-16. He finished with 5,128 yards from scrimmage and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2015. He’s taken the multi-purpose talent to the Carolina Panthers. He led the NFL with 2,392 yards from scrimmage in 2019.
Dylan, 21, spent the last three seasons at Michigan before opting out of the 2020 season announcing he would transfer. Dylan was a backup quarterback the last two seasons. He finished with 242 passing yards and 166 rushing yards while accounting for five total TDs.
Luke, 19, is a redshirt freshman for the Huskers. He split time with Adrian Martinez in Nebraska’s season-opening loss to the Huskers and figures to be a mutli-purpose option for the next few years in Scott Frost’s offense.
Other McCaffrey family athletes
The McCaffrey family tree is loaded with other star athletes across several sports:
Lisa’s father was an Olympic sprinter who won the silver medal in the 100-meter dash in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. Sime held the world record in the 100-yard dash in 1956.
Lisa’s younger brother was a fullback at Duke in the 1980s.
Sherrie (Sime) Giusto
Lisa’s older sister was a No. 1 singles player at Virginia.
Ed’s sister played basketball at Georgetown.
Ed’s younger brother played basketball at Vanderbilt and Duke. He helped the Blue Devils win the national championship in 1991 and averaged 14.4 points for his career.