49ers news: Christian McCaffrey displays post-NFL career in music with Zach Bryan

Christian McCaffrey does a lot of things awfully well on the football field, but it turns out he does an awful lot of things well in music, too.
San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey
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49ers running back Christian McCaffrey, an avid musician, joined country star Zach Bryan onstage to play some tunes.

There are certainly a good number of NFL players around the league who also dabble in music, and the San Francisco 49ers haven't been immune to boasting such players over the years.

Heck, remember the 1980s hit by Huey Lewis & the News, Hip to Be Square? Niners legends Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott and Dwight Clark actually recorded on that song.

No one ever confused Montana, Lott and Clark with actually being potential musicians once their NFL careers came to a close, though.

But the same critics may not say the same thing about All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey.

McCaffrey already has multiple talents. One of only three NFL players who are in the exclusive 1,000-yard rushing/1,000-yard receiving club for a single season, McCaffrey's arrival into the Bay Area after last year's blockbuster trade with the Carolina Panthers was almost immediately rewarded by him putting up a touchdown trifecta against the Los Angeles Rams.

One rushing touchdown, one rushing touchdown and one passing touchdown.

Well, as it turns out, McCaffrey can do a bit of it all off the field, too, particularly in the music business.

Christian McCaffrey, the piano player, makes cameo appearance at Zach Bryan concert

Squarely in the middle of the NFL offseason, there's not a lot going on. So, players like McCaffrey are going to pop up in the news for a variety of reasons, hopefully all good ones.

In McCaffrey's case, he certainly is.

At a recent Zach Bryan concert, McCaffrey took the stage to not only say hello to the country music star but to also partake in the show itself:

It wasn't just McCaffrey hopping on stage to sing along, though. He actually got to have some fun on his chosen instrument, the piano.

For McCaffrey, this isn't some sort of hidden talent. It's pretty well known that he is an avid piano player, and this ESPN article from 2019 illustrates how he came into being a musician.

The San Francisco tailback said:

"My childhood neighbor played piano, and he told me we'd get all the girls if I learned how to play-and I was probably in eighth grade, going into high school, so I said, "Sign me up." There was a talent show with a cash bonus, so we learned a little song together [Pachelbel's "Canon in D"] and ended up winning it, took home one of those big checks, like in Happy Gilmore."

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Whether or not McCaffrey wants to do anything with his music once his NFL career comes to a close is anyone's guess, and it's strictly his business anyway.

That said, he certainly has the talent and the network to make such a thing happen.

Hat tip to 49ers Webzone for the find.

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