Carolina Panthers star rookie running back Christian McCaffrey says San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan used to babysit him. You heard that right.
McCaffrey's father, former NFL receiver Ed, had a great career with the Denver Broncos. His coach was Mike Shanahan, Kyle's father. One of Ed's teammates was even John Lynch, Kyle Shanahan's general manager in San Francisco.
You can listen to NFL.com's interview with McCaffrey here.
Shanahan seemed to recall the same, referring back to a period in the late 1990s when his father Mike coached McCaffrey's dad, wideout Ed McCaffrey, during their time together with the Broncos.
"If I did [babysit him], I probably left my sister to do it very quickly and moved on. His dad was my hero growing up," Shanahan said. "I was close with Ed and his wife Lisa -- that's really why I wore 87 in college. Ed was the man. I knew all his sons, they're a lot younger when I knew them, but they've all turned out be pretty good athletes and real good people."