Christian McCaffrey: Playing multiple sports is ‘worth it’NFL running back Christian McCaffrey was a four-sport athlete in high school, something he believes was critical to his development as a pro football player.
McCaffrey, who was taken by the Carolina Panthers with the eighth overall pick in this year’s draft, made an appearance last week on the Dan Patrick Show. The former Stanford University tailback played basketball, football, baseball and ran track at his Colorado high school, and he said those experiences ultimately strengthened his abilities on the gridiron.“I’m not a fan of locking in to one sport,” McCaffrey said. “I just think it’s so important as a kid to venture off and do multiple things. And it’s so tough nowadays too because a lot of these baseball teams are all year-round and the only you’re going to get playing time is if you’re there all year-round so you can’t play any other sports.
“To me, I look at what basketball and track and baseball did for my football career was more than anything, you’re training different muscles, you’re training your mind, and just being a part of multiple teams you learn a lot of life lessons.”
Ed McCaffrey, Christian’s father, was a three-time Super Bowl champion wideout, most notably during the 1997 and 1998 seasons with the Denver Broncos. Christian’s mother, Lisa, was a college soccer player.
TrackingFootball.com found that 94% of first-round picks in this year’s NFL Draft played multiple sports.
“I look at the lessons I learned in basketball — quickness, agility, leaping ability, hand-eye coordination — all that stuff I use in football all the time,” McCaffrey continued. “In track, obviously, linear speed. And so just being able to do multiple things is extremely important. It’s worth it as a kid to go through that.”
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