We haven’t seen redshirt freshman quarterback Dylan McCaffrey play at the University of Michigan just yet, but he was called to action in a different way last weekend.
Dylan, along with his brothers Christian — running back for the Carolina Panthers — and Max, were on a hike this past Saturday in Castle Rock, Colorado. During the hike, they saw a 72-year-old man, Dan Smoker Sr., fall 20 feet onto a rock, according to the Carolina Panthers’ official website.
The McCaffrey’s were able to call 9-1-1 and help Smoker while the paramedics were en route. The brothers were accompanied by friends Brooke Pettet and Michael Mann, who also helped Smoker while the ambulance was on the way. Mann even did chest compressions on Smoker when he stopped breathing.
When Smoker was transported to the hospital, it was reported he suffered a broken femur, internal bleeding, bleeding on the brain, a broken neck and nine fractured ribs.
AKA: Life-threatening injuries. The Panthers’ website said as of Tuesday afternoon, Smoker Sr. was in critical, but stable condition.
The McCaffrey’s continue to keep in touch with the Smokers while Smoker Sr. continues to recover, and they even have visited him at the hospital.
Smoker Sr.’s son, Dan Smoker, tweeted to thank the McCaffrey’s for what they did to help save his father’s life.
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
Not pictured - @dcaf20 - he was there to help when my dad fell, but had to head back to @UMichFootball before this picture. This @OhioStateFB fan may be torn come November 24. https://t.co/1pvMPRboJq— Dan Smoker (@dsmokexu) March 6, 2018
Smoker also tweeted saying Smoker Sr. was able to say his name and a full sentence today after the doctors brought him out of sedation.
“It doesn’t seem like much, but this is amazing progress,” Smoker tweeted.
Needless to say, what the McCaffrey’s, Mann and Pettet did last Saturday was nothing short of amazing. They should absolutely be proud of what they were able to do.