CASTLE ROCK, COLORADO (Panthers.com) - Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey helped rescue a 72-year-old man who fell 20 feet onto a rock while hiking in Colorado Saturday.
Eli Smoker and his 13-year-old grandson were hiking at Castle Rock when the 72-year-old fell. McCaffrey, two of his brothers and a couple friends were also hiking and saw the whole thing.
“It felt like he was in the air for 10 seconds,” McCaffrey said on the Panthers’ website.. “I had never seen anything quite like that in my life as far as the trauma and the sound. We were in shock.”
The group called 911 for help. They had to perform chest compressions when Smoker stopped breathing. Paramedics arrived 11 minutes later and were able to get Smoker to a hospital.
He suffered a broken femur, a broken pelvis, internal bleeding, bleeding on the brain, nine fractured ribs and a broken neck.
Miraculously he survived. As of Tuesday he was in serious, but stable condition.
Dan Smoker, Eli Smoker's son, tweeted to the group, thanking them for helping to save his father's life.
"Because of Michael Mann, @notoriousmax25, @run__cmc and a few other amazing folks, my 13yo son isn't telling a story about how he went on a hike with his grandpa and his grandpa died. He's telling a story of strength, hope, and human goodness," he tweeted.