The McCaffrey Family


The Book of Manning is a popular television program on ESPN. It’s a narrative about Archie Manning and his success at Ole Miss and then his son’s Peyton who played at Tennessee and Eli who followed in his father’s footsteps at Ole Miss. Archie was a great NFL QB and Peyton and Eli still are great NFL QBs. The Book of Manning is worth a watch if you aren’t a Manning hater.

The Mannings are often called the First Family of Football.

Some would argue that the Matthews family is the First Family because 3 generations have played in the NFL.



Way back in the 1950s, David Sime left his native New Jersey and attended Duke to play baseball. The Duke track and field coach spotted him and David Sime was asked to go out for track.

Sime won the Silver Medal in the 100 meters at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games. The US relay team finished in first place but was disqualified for a bad baton pass, so Sime never got his gold medal at the Olympics.

Sime had a son that played Fullback at Duke in the early 1980s. David Sime also had a daughter that played tennis at Virginia. He had another daughter, Lisa, that played soccer at Stanford.


Lisa Sime, while attending Stanford and playing soccer, met a football player named Ed McCaffrey.



Ed McCaffrey was a tall Pennsylvania boy that went out West to play his college football at Stanford. He was a 3 sport star in football, basketball and baseball at Allentown Central Catholic and decided to sign with Stanford and play football.


In McCaffrey’s freshman year he only caught 4 passes, but he did see some playing time. McCaffrey is 6-5, 215 so he was a popular receiver for Stanford QBs.

In 1987, Stanford was 5-6 but McCaffrey became one of QB Brian Johnson’s favorite targets with 30 catches for 533 yards and a couple of TDs.

McCaffrey missed the 1988 season, but was back in 1989. Stanford was 3-8 in 1989 but McCaffrey was their top WR with 53 catches for 871 yards and 4 TDs.

1990 Ed McCaffrey made 1st team All American. Stanford improved to 5-6 and McCaffrey had 61 catches for 917 yards and 8 TDs.


Ed McCaffrey was a 3rd round draft pick of the New York Giants in 1991.


McCaffrey only played 3 years for the Giants but had 49 catches during his second season in New York. In the 1994 season, McCaffrey was with the 49ers. He only caught 11 passes, but played for a winning Super Bowl team and got that Super Bowl Ring that everyone covets these days.

The following season, McCaffrey moved on to the Denver Broncos where he became one of their big stars and one of John Elway’s favorite targets. His best season was in the 2000 season where he had 101 catches for 1,317 yards and 9 TDs.

The Denver Broncos won 2 Super Bowls while McCaffrey was a star there, so he now has 3 Super Bowl rings.

McCaffrey retired in 2004 with 565 receptions for 7,422 yards and 55 TDs.


Ed McCaffrey’s oldest son is Max McCaffrey a junior Wide Receiver at Duke University. Ed’s brother, Billy McCaffrey was a basketball player at Duke back in 1991 so Max had connections on both sides of the family. Duke won the national championship in basketball in 1991 and Billy played on that team and actually scored 16 points in the championship game against Kansas.

For whatever reason, Billy transferred to Vanderbilt where he was a 6-3 shooting guard averaging over 20 points a game and was a 2 time All American and the SEC player of the year.


Ed McCaffrey’s second son, Christian is a 4 star recruit coming into Stanford University this season.


Christian played at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Valor Christian is the powerhouse high school football team in the state of Colorado with many Bronco player’s kids on the roster.

They have won 5 straight Colorado High School football championships and 4 of them with Christian McCaffrey as one of their top players.

He rushed for 5,335 and 87 TDs as a High School player, which is pretty impressive.

He also caught 144 passes  good for 2,515 yards and another 46 TDs.
Which is even more impressive, and shows he could play WR for the Stanford Cardinal as well.


Early reports out of Stanford have Christian McCaffrey looking very good in early practices and he should see plenty of playing time as a true freshman. Stanford coach, David Shaw now has a juggernaut and he is very impressed with young Christian McCaffrey.

Stanford lost their best RB last season, Tyler Gaffney and he is currently trying to make the New England Patriots’ 2014 roster. Remound Wright or Barry Sanders Jr should be the starter, but there is a spot for a role player in this offense.


During Ed McCaffrey’s Stanford playing years, the team was pretty poor to average and was a struggle. But, today’s Stanford football is a perennial  top 10 program.


McCaffrey follows in a long line of Stanford Running Backs like Darrin Nelson, Brad Muster, Jon Volpe, Tommy Vardell, Toby Gerhart, Stepfan Taylor, and Tyler Gaffney.


Ed and Lisa McCaffrey have 2 more sons, Dylan and Luke with the possibility of becoming top athletes.

They will never replace the Manning’s as the most popular family in football, but they may wind up having more successful players in college football and the NFL.


15 thoughts on “The McCaffrey Family

  1. George Bush

    A dumbass couldn’t leave a comment here because of the Are you a human question.

    Christian McCaffrey was really impressive as a freshman at Stanford. He is super quick

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  4. Michael Sentlowitz

    I enjoyed reading the article about the McCaffrey family. I have a correction. The David who won silver in the 100 meter dash in 1960 was David Sime, not David Sine. It’s possible I too did not get the spelling perfect, but I am sure it’s not “Sine.” I attended Duke in the 1950’s. David was a great athlete. I recall a quote from David’s daughter after she married Ed McCaffrey. I realize it may be considered by some in poor taste but I’ll tell it anyway. “Ed and I got married so we can produce fast white guys.”

    1. Brad Post author

      You are right. I researched that article over a year ago and I could have sworn it was Sine, but I just went and checked and you are right, it definitely is Sime. Now, I need to go fix it. Thanks for pointing that out to me.

    2. Brad Post author

      Oh, and about the fast white guys comment, I have a good friend who has two sons that played WR in college and both were extremely fast and white. My friend was a college LB and not the fastest of guys. But, his wife came from a family whose dad was a football player and the mom was a sprinter in track. All of their grandkids were very fast and athletic.
      I guess that speed mostly comes from the mom’s side of the family. Or, at least in the McCaffrey family and my friend’s family it did. Thanks.

  5. Michael Sentlowitz

    Thank you Brad. I have more details about how the track coach spotted David Sime. David approached the tack coach in the fall and asked for help in his break away from home to first base. After the coach timed him for the 100 yard dash he was asked to join the tack team for the indoor winter season. In January of the following year he broke the American record for the indoor 100 yard dash. For those that think my hundred is a typo and should be 60 yard dash, there were indoor venues that had 100 yard straight aways. Of course, Madison Square Garden was not one of them. I believe Sime pulled a hamstring before the 1956 Olympics and did not complete until 1960.

    1. Brad Post author

      Wow, I wish I had known of you before I wrote. Thanks so much, your info in incredible. Do you remember Bobby Morrow? I just saw a video the other day of David Sime beating Morrow in Texas in the 100 yard dash. Morrow is pretty much a legend around here and I thought he had been unbeatable, but Sime did beat him.
      Thanks again.

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