NFL alumnus Ed McCaffrey, who was named last week as the new head coach at the University of Northern Colorado, is familiar with his new surroundings.
“This college campus is really where it all started for me,” he recalled at his first press conference at the school. “My first taste of Colorado was right here in Greeley. My initial year playing as a Denver Bronco was 1995 and this is where we had training camp. We practiced here on the field for seven or eight years. I slept in the dorms here in camp, ate in the cafeteria and we met in the classrooms. This to me feels like home.”
McCaffrey had been so successful in his only two years coaching at Valor Christian High School south of Denver that the school won the Class 5A state title in his first season in 2018 and made it to the Colorado state quarterfinals this past fall. He was not looking for a new job but…
“I contacted UNC Athletic Director Darren Dunn a short time ago to recommend a friend of mine for the coaching vacancy there,” he recalls, “but I think subconsciously I knew where I wanted the conversation to go. I don’t have delusions of grandeur, but I feel very confident in my ability to coach football at this level. I follow my heart. That’s the only thing I know how to do.”
The 51-year old McCaffrey introduced himself to several of his new UNC players as “Christian’s dad” and they suddenly realized who he was. RB Christian McCaffrey is the Carolina Panthers MVP candidate who is a favorite of local fans in Charlotte and fantasy football fans across the nation. Coach McCaffrey also has three other sons who play big time football: Max was in the NFL from 2016-18 and now is in the new XFL; Dylan is a quarterback at Michigan, and Luke is a quarterback at Nebraska.
Ed McCaffrey, who won a Super Bowl with the 49ers and two others with the Broncos during a 13-year (1991-2003) NFL career that began at wide receiver with the Giants, will be working in 2020 to produce some additional top flight players that do NOT bear his surname. We at NFL Alumni wish our brother much success in his first college coaching post!