According to Max Henson of the Panthers' official site, McCaffrey and a group of friends and family witnessed a 72-year-old man, Dan Smoker Sr., fall 20 feet onto a rock during the hike on Saturday. McCaffrey called 911 before coming to Smoker's aid.
"Everybody stepped up," McCaffrey said to Newton. "I called 911, and it felt like an eternity. It felt like we were up there waiting for four hours. But I looked back at my call log and it took 11 minutes before the paramedics came. Amazing what those guys did."
Smoker's son, Dan Jr., tweeted about the experience:
Dan Smoker @dsmokexu
Michael Mann, @run__cmc and @notoriousmax25 are great football players, but even better humans. Yesterday, they helped save my dads life after he fell off of Castle Rock. They comforted my son when he was alone. Then showed up at the hospital to check in. @AdamSchefter @espn https://t.co/MVAdbr2gYV
"I credit them with saving my dad’s life," Smoker said.
Henson reported Smoker Sr. suffered "a broken femur, a broken pelvis, internal bleeding, bleeding on the brain, nine fractured ribs and a broken neck" and was in "critical but stable condition" as of Tuesday.