After a standout career at Stanford and spending a few years with the New York Giants in the early ’90s, Ed McCaffrey came to the 49ers in 1994. That season, he said: “I had always been a follower of the 49ers. I played at Stanford but I never thought I’d be back here playing in this area again. I had moved to New York, rented a new apartment and had a little baby. I thought I’d be in New York for a lifetime.”
McCaffrey was the wide receivers counterpart to Bill Musgrave, getting very little playing time behind John Taylor and Jerry Rice. He said: “When you play behind Jerry Rice, you can imagine how many balls you are going to catch. Jerry is a good guy. Jerry is not very talkative, he’s very business-like, very professional. It’s impressive to see a player of his caliber work and work and work.”
McCaffrey, like Bill Musgrave, followed Mike Shanahan to Denver, and he won two Super Bowls there in a much higher-profile role.