PHILADELPHIA – Colorado native and former Valor Christian High School standout Christian McCaffrey was drafted eighth overall by the Carolina Panthers in the NFL Draft on Thursday night.
McCaffrey is the son of former Broncos receiver Ed McCaffrey. The Stanford running back grew up in Colorado and was a part of four state championship teams at Valor Christian in Highlands Ranch.
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“There’s so much value there,” Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said. "The best tackle-box runner I’ve ever seen is Curtis Martin. Christian is right there with him.”
McCaffrey celebrated the moment with his family at their home in Castle Rock.
"It's an unbelievable honor. I can't tell you how thankful I am for the coaches and staff for believing in me," McCaffrey said after the selection. "I’m just out of words right now. I’m so glad to be a Carolina Panther. I can’t wait to grind every day for that organization, the team, the fans and everyone there.”
While at Stanford, McCaffrey set the single-season NCAA record for all-purpose yards in 2015 with 3,864, as well as school records for most rushing yards (243) and all-purpose yards (416) in a game.
McCaffrey left Stanford with one season of eligibility remaining.
“It’s been a dream of mine to play in this league since I can remember,” McCaffrey said. "(My father) was the one who first told me if I have a dream, it’s my job to work as hard as I can to achieve it, go get it and don’t let anybody take it from you.”