Arguably, one of the National Football League’s (NFL) toughest and most dependable wide receivers, Edward Thomas McCaffrey who is widely known as Ed McCaffrey is one of the game’s most popular players. Though he has retired from professional American football where he played as a wide receiver for thirteen seasons during which he won three Super Bowl rings, Ed still holds the reins for upcoming champions and standouts in the arena, serving as a coach.
McCaffrey played his collegiate career at Stanford University where he earned first-team All-American honors. He was drafted by the New York Giants in 1991 and also played for the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos where he set a record for most receptions in a season with 101 receptions in 2000.
Interestingly, his sons took after him in the fields and are making their marks as the best in the sport with their performances in high school and beyond. Here is a look at his bio, family, net worth, and other facts.
Ed Mccaffrey’s Bio
The former Bronco wide receiver was born the oldest of five children to Ed Sr. and Elizabeth McCaffrey on August 17, 1968, in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. His siblings are accomplished athletes in their own right as well and include two brothers – Billy McCaffrey (a retired pro basketball player) and Michael, a former Duke and Vanderbilt college basketball player – and two sisters; Monica of Georgetown University Women’s Basketball and Meghan.
McCaffrey not only wowed his high school audience as a football player, he was also a basketball standout. He attended Allentown Central Catholic High School where he competed in the East Penn Conference in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. In basketball, he averaged 21.4 points his senior season and finished his career with a then-school record 1,637 points. His team, Vikings also won a state title in 1984 and in 1986.
Coming from a family where hard work is revered and education esteemed, Ed McCaffrey excelled as a student even while recording success in the gridiron. His academic and athletic prowess earned him a ticket to Stanford University in California, where his collegiate career took off. Marking a highlight in his college career was his selection as an All-American in his senior year.
He was drafted in the third round by the New York Giants in 1991 bringing his dream of becoming pro football player to reality. Following a three-year spell with the Giants, he signed one year contract with the San Francisco 49ers in 1994. Though his playtime was limited which was only a season, his contributions counted. His reliable and key roles saw 49ers winning its fifth Super Bowl title.
The following season, he found a home in Denver Broncos where he became a top and reliable target for quarterback John Elway who directed the offense of the game. During his time with the team, Ed McCaffrey proved to be an asset. He became a 1,000-yard receiver with a compilation of 1053 yards on 64 catches in 1998 reprising his efforts in 1999 and 2000 with 1,083 yards on 71 catches, and 1,317 receiving yards on 101 catches (setting a record for most receptions) respectively.
Furthermore, in 1998 and 1999, the Broncos won its first two Super Bowl championships, a third for Ed. He also made his Pro Bowl appearance in 1998. He was the second of the wide receiver duo with teammate Rod Smith to each gain 100 receptions in the same season in 2000; the only second duo from the same team.
Following a series of injuries which hampered him, he called it quits and retired at the end of the 2003 season on February 29, 2004. He finished his career with 565 receptions for 7,422 yards, 55 touchdowns, and played 185 games wearing #87.
Prior to the end of his football career phase, he began work as a coach. He coached youth football camps in the summer of 2000 as well as founded sports camps, SportsEddy in 2011 comprising of football, lacrosse, soccer, baseball, and basketball camps. Also, he channeled some of his energy into charitable and entrepreneurial courses.
The football family is not only known for their athletic prowess but also for their positive charitable outlook as well as in-depth involvement therein. Ed and Lisa founded the McCaffrey Family Foundation which helps children out of academic or financial hardship due to medical situations.
In partnership with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, he produces cheerleading camp for individuals with Down syndrome, The Ed McCaffrey “Dare to Play” football camp and the “Dare to Cheer”. On the entrepreneurial front, Ed has his own brand of condiments —Ed McCaffrey’s Rocky Mountain Horseradish and Ed McCaffrey’s Spicy Brown Mustard which is sold in grocery stores across Colorado and in Nebraska.
He was named head football coach at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado in February 2018 serving as the school’s third coach.
Ed Mccaffrey’s Net Worth
The former wide receiver, coach, and entrepreneur had a successful career and is still setting the trends with his ventures. According to Celebrity Net Worth, his net worth is $6 million.
Family, Wife, Sons
That we are all gifted is true, however, when there becomes a trend of champions in a family, then genes and traits are to be credited as well. The McCaffrey family is no stranger to producing champions and interestingly, it’s not just from them. His wife apart from being a great athlete in her days also springs from a family where athletics is revered and played.
Ed McCaffrey is married to Lisa Sime and together they have four sons who also play football.
As earlier mentioned, Ed’s siblings are accomplished athletes and so is his wife’s. Lisa’s father, David Sime was a three-star athlete in basketball, baseball, and football at Fair Lawn High School in northern New Jersey in the 1950s and was an Olympic sprinter who won a silver medal in 1960. He also holds a world record in six sprint events between 1956-66 though he is now an eye surgeon in Miami. Her brother, Scott Sime was a state wrestling champion and all-state football player at Florida’s Coral Gables High School as well as played starting fullback at Duke.
As for Lisa, she set the school record in the 100-meter dash and lettered in tennis four times at Ransom Everglades High School, Florida. She was also proficient in putting the soccer ball inside the net, scored 56 goals in her career and landed a mug shot in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd in 1986. Additionally, she was a three-year starter in soccer for Stanford University (1987-89) where she met Ed and was Cardinal’s second-leading scorer in 1988.
Ed and Lisa’s sons include Max (born 17 May 1994), Christian (born 7 June 1996), Dylan (born 25 March 1999), and Luke. Max is a wide receiver with the San Francisco 49ers, Christian was a running back for the Stanford Cardinal and the runner-up for the 2015 Heisman Trophy. He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft.
The third son, Dylan a 2017 graduate of Valor Christian High School (VCHS) was a four-star quarterback there. In three of the four years he played for his school, his team won the Colorado Class 5A state championship (5A being the highest of the 5 classes). He now plays college football at the University of Michigan. His younger brother, Luke is a 2017-2018 sophomore at VCHS but has already received offers from the University of Michigan and the University of Nebraska. As of June 2018, the 4-star recruit as a dual-threat quarterback ranked the No. 1 overall 2019 prospect in Colorado by 247 Sports has committed to the University of Nebraska.
Though the boys have been gifted with a great talent for sports, they were taught that responsibility comes with the gift and what they picked up from their parents; hard work, dedication, loyalty, disciple, selflessness, and sacrifice is certainly paying off.
Ed is endowed with features befitting an athlete of his rank. He is 6′ 5″ (1.96 m) and has an equally matching body weight of 215 lbs (98 kg).