The Carolina Panthers running back continues to get recognized by the greats.
When you talk about some of the great running backs to play in the last 20 years or so, the name Marshall Faulk definitely pops up in the conversation. Once a member of the Greatest Show on Turf, Faulk was a huge part of the St. Louis Rams and their explosive offenses. When he gives praise, people listen. He definitely thinks of Christian McCaffrey in high regard.
Originally drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1994 draft, the second overall pick carved out a nice career for himself. A Super Bowl champion, seven-time Pro Bowl selection, three time first team All-Pro honors and a Pro Football Hall of Fame selection are just some of the accolades to his name.
Faulk was one of the most prolific running backs of his time. He rushed for over 12,000 yards in his career and tallied over 6,000 receiving yards. McCaffrey is a similar type of running back in that way. Much like Faulk, he is able to carry an entire offense by himself. It’s not an easy thing to do, but somehow McCaffrey makes it look effortless.
As he spoke to the media on Wednesday, Faulk said that McCaffrey’s 2019 season was phenomenal. He then followed up with tremendous praise for the Stanford product. After putting together a workhorse type of season last year, McCaffrey can add another accolade that won’t show up in the record books. Being praised by Marshall Faulk is just another thing McCaffrey can check off his bucket list.
"“He’s a better version of me,” Faulk told media on Wednesday."
I have a feeling that this will not be the last time McCaffrey is praised by an NFL great. When the greats take notice, you must be doing something right. McCaffrey is on pace to put up astronomical numbers for the rest of his career. Hopefully, the Carolina Panthers will be able to get him some help and they should look to utilize more weapons in their offense. That was something they didn’t do last year, and it hurt them.
It will be interesting to see what McCaffrey does next year. It will be difficult to ask him to continue producing like he has the last two seasons. How much more can he deliver? There is no doubt that he is a special player and one of the best running backs in all the National Football League. It’s not a question of whether he can deliver. It’s a question of how much more his body can take.