Christian McCaffrey Proudly Celebrates Brother Luke Getting Selected in NFL Draft

There officially is another McCaffrey in the NFL.
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There is officially another McCaffrey in the NFL.

Rice wide receiver Luke McCaffrey, the younger brother of San Francisco 49ers star running back Christian McCaffrey, was selected by the Washington Commanders on Friday with the final pick of the third round of the 2024 NFL draft.

The elder McCaffrey, who is coming off his second career All-Pro campaign, chimed in on social media after watching his brother take the first step of his professional football career.

"Couldn’t be more proud of my brother," McCaffrey wrote. "What a story. Bet on yourself every step of the way. What a story."

And what a journey it was.

Luke McCaffrey began his collegiate career as a quarterback with the Nebraska Cornhuskers in 2019. After transferring to Rice as a quarterback in 2021, McCaffrey shifted to wide receiver in '22 and was the Owls' leading receiver in '23.

Over two campaigns as a Rice wideout, McCaffrey caught 129 passes for 1,715 yards and 19 touchdowns. He played himself onto the radar of NFL teams in 2023, earning All-AAC first team honors and turning heads at the Senior Bowl.

The younger McCaffrey will join a talented group of wide receivers in Washington that already features Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson. Those three will be tasked with getting open for rookie quarterback Jayden Daniels, the No. 2 pick in the 2024 draft.

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