Dylan McCaffrey (10) took a redshirt his freshman season at Michigan. (
Michigan quarterback Dylan McCaffrey and his brothers are being called heroes this week after they rescued a man who fell 25 feet climbing in Colorado.
According to KDVR-TV, the Fox affiliate in Denver, Colorado, McCaffrey and his older brothers Max and Christian were climbing in Castle Rock when 72-year-old Dan Smoker fell trying to climb down.
"I heard what sounded like a shoe slipping on some rock and then I heard him say, ‘Oh,’" Elijah Smoker, the 13-year-old grandson who accompanied Smoker on the trip, told KDVR.
"It sounded like this voice, and then I turn around about halfway through his fall and I see him hit the ground."
Seven people were there to call for help, including the McCaffreys, and comfort the grandson.
Smoker suffered life-threatening injuries, according to the report, including a broken neck, fractured femur, fractured pelvis, nine broken ribs and bleeding from his abdomen and brain.
"It was such a crazy experience," Elijah Smoker said. "But the McCaffreys changed how the story went. I can’t thank them enough."
On Sunday Smoker’s son, Dan, thanked the McCaffrey brothers publicly, writing on Twitter: "Yesterday, they helped save my dad’s life. after he fell off of Castle Rock. They comforted my son when he was alone. Then showed up to the hospital to check in.
"This (Ohio State football) fan may be torn come November 24."
Not pictured – @dcaf20 – he was there to help when my dad fell, but had to head back to @UMichFootball before this picture. This @OhioStateFB fan may be torn come November 24. https://t.co/1pvMPRboJq
— Dan Smoker (@dsmokexu) March 6, 2018
Christian McCaffrey played football at Stanford, while Max McCaffrey played at Duke and went on to crack the practice squad with the NFL’s Green Bay Packers.
Dylan McCaffrey, meanwhile, redshirted his freshman season at Michigan and is expected to be involved in a quarterback competition this spring and fall.
McCaffrey was recruited to Michigan from Castle Rock, Colorado, where he was a consensus four-star prospect and ranked as the sixth-best quarterback in the 2017 recruiting class.
Bill Murray’s son Luke is an assistant coach for Xavier. (Charlie Riedel | AP Photo)