- Faith: Christian
- Career: Athlete
- Birthday: June 07, 1996
Christian McCaffrey is a running back for the San Francisco 49ers. He played college football at Stanford and was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the 2017 NFL Draft. In 2015, as a sophomore, he was named AP College Football Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. McCaffrey holds the NCAA record for the most all-purpose yards in a season with 3,864. He also holds numerous NFL and Panthers franchise records and is one of three players ever to record 1,000 rushing and 1,000 receiving yards in the same season, doing so in 2019.
McCaffrey was born in Castle Rock, Colorado, in 1996. He attended Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado, for his freshman year, then Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, under coach Brent Vieselmeyer for the remainder of his high school career. He played wide receiver, running back, punter, and cornerback, breaking numerous Colorado high school records, including career total touchdowns, career all-purpose yards, single-season all-purpose yards, and career touchdown receptions. He also played basketball.
He was also a standout sprinter on the track and field team. He placed second in the 100-meter dash as a sophomore at the Mountain Vista Boulder Invitational with a career-best time of 10.75 seconds. In 2013, he finished sixth in the 100-meter dash and ninth in the 200-meter dash at the CHSAA Meet. Considered one of the best 100 football players in his national high school class, McCaffrey was selected as a 2014 U.S. Army All-American. Rivals.com rated him as a four-star recruit, and he was ranked as the third-best all-purpose back in his class and 77th 77th-best player overall. McCaffrey committed to Stanford University to play college football.
McCaffrey played six seasons with the Carolina Panthers before he was traded to the San Francisco 49ers in 2022, where he’s been a great asset to the team. He’s been in a relationship with fashion influencer and Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo since 2019. In April 2023, the couple announced their engagement.
What religion is Christian McCaffrey?
McCaffrey identifies as a Christian. In an interview with Sports Spectrum, he said, “My faith is very important to me, and that’s why I’m praying all the time. When you have a bunch of people chanting your name, it’s important that you give the honor and glory back to the person, God, that’s allowing me to do this.” To share his faith, he often includes Bible verses as one of the captions in his Instagram posts.
In one post, he chose Philippians 4:6, which says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” In another interview with Queen City News in August 2022, he explained that he found peace in accepting that he was not in control. He said, “When you have a ‘why,’ you can endure everything, and I think when your faith is strong, when you understand what’s going on in your life, you just turn to God and surrender. For me, that was the biggest weight off my back was that word — just keep telling myself, ‘Surrender.’ You’re not in control as much as you think you are, and that’s a gift.”
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