Sunday, 15 July, 2018

National Football League star went for a hike and rescued a grandpa

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Kristopher Love | 07 March, 2018, 18:45

Dan Smoker, Smoker Sr.'s son, credits them with saving his dad's life. "We're indebted to all of those folks".

Officials said Smoker broke his femur, pelvis, nine ribs and his neck, and he also suffered internal bleeding in his abdomen and blood on his brain. "And my son is there freaking out, and there's nothing I can do for him", Dan Smoker recalled. He is in critical but stable condition.

"It's such a - I don't know what you'd call it". The group had the wherewithal to stabilizing the man's head and perform chest compression, until paramedics arrived up the mountain some 10 minutes later. But Dan Smoker Jr., credited McCaffrey and others for their life-saving action. "We were talking and they had mentioned that they went to Valor, and we were looking there because our son loves football as well". One family they'd never met before is so glad they did.

"These men saved my father's life", he said. "I think everybody would like to believe that in adversity they would be able to jump in and act and do something". "It was not about, 'Look at who I am.' They just wanted to make sure we were OK".

The group came to check on Smoker at the hospital which is when the family was surprised to see McCaffrey walk through the door.

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey showed he's quick on his feet during the offseason by helping a man in trouble during a recent hiking trip.

"Seeing the human side of these incredible athletes", Eli Smoker told the Post, "it's just really humbling to see what they're willing to do".

Smoker said the feeling of not being able to help his father or comfort his son Saturday when the accident occurred left him feeling helpless. "My dad has a very, very long road ahead of him, but the doctors at this point have shifted from, 'If he recovers, ' to 'when he recovers.' But without them, we would have never been here right now".