NFL star went for a hike and rescued a grandpa
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey just wanted to take an offseason hike with his brothers and two friends.
He wound up being part of a rescue team.
McCaffrey was part of a group that is being credited with saving 72-year-old Dan Smoker Sr. after he took a nasty fall while hiking Castle Rock in Colorado.
Help finally arrived and rushed Smoker to the hospital, where doctors found a slew of injuries: a broken femur, a broken pelvis, internal bleeding, bleeding on the brain, nine fractured ribs and a broken neck, according to the Panthers’ website. McCaffrey visited the hospital with his mom and brothers to check on the elder Smoker and Eli the following day.
We all took it upon ourselves to check up on that kid, McCaffrey said. It could be a lifelong bond between us. He experienced a lot in those five minutes.
Dan Smoker Sr. remains in critical but stable condition, as of Tuesday afternoon.
His son, Dan Smoker Jr., credited the group with saving his dad’s life.
It shows the really good side of humanity, Dan Smoker Jr. said. Pretty amazing.
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