On Saturday, Michigan redshirt freshman quarterback Dylan McCaffrey took part in saving a life.
According to an article by Max Henson of the Carolina Panthers official website, McCaffrey was on a hike with his brothers (Panthers running back) Christian and Max along with two friends — Michael Mann and Brooke Pettet — in Castle Rock, Colo. when they witnessed a man fall nearly 20 feet onto a rock. The man was 72-year-old Dan Smoker Sr., who was hiking with his grandson, Eli.
The McCaffrey brothers and friends ran over to help, immediately calling 911.
“Everybody stepped up,” Christian McCaffrey told Panthers.com in the article. “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.”
According Panthers.com, Smoker was taken to the hospital and was diagnosed with a broken pelvis, a broken femur, a broken neck, bleeding on the brain, internal bleeding and nine fractured ribs. He is in “critical but stable condition” as of Tuesday afternoon.
The day after the fall, the McCaffrey brothers and their mother visited Smoker in the hospital.
Smoker’s son, also named Dan, sent out a couple of tweets, showing gratitude towards the McCaffrey’s and everyone else involved in helping his father.
Michael Mann, @run__cmc and @notoriousmax25 are great football players, but even better humans. Yesterday, they helped save my dads life after he fell off of Castle Rock. They comforted my son when he was alone. Then showed up at the hospital to check in. @AdamSchefter @espn pic.twitter.com/MVAdbr2gYV
— Dan Smoker (@dsmokexu) March 4, 2018
Because of Michael Mann, @notoriousmax25, @run__cmc and a few other amazing folks, my 13yo son isn't telling a story about how he went on a hike with his grandpa and his grandpa died. He's telling a story of strength, hope, and human goodness. @AdamSchefter @espn
— Dan Smoker (@dsmokexu) March 6, 2018
Dylan, a former four-star quarterback from Castle Rock, has four more years of eligibility at Michigan beginning in 2018.