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Ed McCaffrey


Ed McCaffrey

Edward Thomas McCaffrey (born August 17, 1968) is an American former professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for thirteen seasons. McCaffrey played college football for Stanford University and earned consensus All-American honors. The reigning Super Bowl champion New York Giants chose him in the third round of the 1991 NFL Draft, and he also played for the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos.


  • High school and collegiate football 1
  • Professional career 2
    • Career receiving statistics 2.1
  • Life after football 3
  • External links 4

High school and collegiate football

Born in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, McCaffrey played high school football at Allentown Central Catholic High School in Allentown, where he competed in the East Penn Conference (now known as the Lehigh Valley Conference) in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley.

He played college football at Stanford University in California, and as a senior in 1990 was an All-American. At Stanford, he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

Professional career

McCaffrey was selected by the Giants in the third round (83rd overall) in the 1991 NFL draft. During his thirteen-year career, he won three Super Bowl rings (Super Bowl XXIX, XXXII, and XXXIII) and made a Pro Bowl appearance in 1998. At Denver, he became a reliable target for quarterback John Elway and set a Broncos record for most receptions in a season (with 101 receptions in 2000), and had an exceptional performance in Super Bowl XXXIII, recording five catches for 72 yards. Also 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 (see Herman Moore and Brett Perriman).

In the opening game of the 2001 season, McCaffrey suffered a compound leg fracture while playing a Monday Night Football game with the Broncos against the Giants. He rebounded in the 2002 season with 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 and 55 touchdowns while wearing the number 87.

McCaffrey is the oldest of five children, with two brothers and two sisters: Monica of Georgetown University Women's Basketball, Billy McCaffrey, a former Duke and Vanderbilt college basketball player, Michael and Meghan.

Career receiving statistics

Year Team Games Rec Yards Y/R TDs
1991 NY Giants 16 16 146 9.1 0
1992 NY Giants 16 49 610 12.4 5
1993 NY Giants 16 27 335 12.4 2
1994 SF 49ers 16 11 131 11.9 2
1995 Denver Broncos 16 39 477 12.2 2
1996 Denver Broncos 15 48 553 11.5 7
1997 Denver Broncos 15 45 590 13.1 8
1998 Denver Broncos 15 64 1,053 16.5 10
1999 Denver Broncos 15 71 1,018 14.3 7
2000 Denver Broncos 16 101 1,317 13.0 9
2001 Denver Broncos 1 6 94 15.7 1
2002 Denver Broncos 16 69 903 13.1 2
2003 Denver Broncos 12 19 195 10.3 0
Career - 185 565 7422 13.1 55

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.

His sons play college football, Max plays at Duke University as a wide receiver and Christian plays at Stanford as a running back.

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from • ESPN • CBS Sports • Fox Sports • Pro-Football-Reference •
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