It's that time of year when NFL teams attempt to excite their fan bases with hype videos ahead of the coming season. And what could possibly exhilarate football fans more than — Beethoven?
Sure, perhaps that's not the most obvious connection, but Christian McCaffrey was all-in when the Panthers Productions media team asked him to play a starring role.
"I loved the idea," McCaffrey said. "It reminded me of the [boxing] movie ‘Warrior’ where they walk out to their fights to Beethoven to keep them focused."
But there was a small hitch. McCaffrey, an avid piano player, didn't have Beethoven in his repertoire.
"They told me to learn 'Moonlight Sonata,' he said, "so I went home and took a couple days to learn it."
Actually, McCaffrey clarified, it only took about a couple hours to learn his part. After a few days of editing, he was able to see the finished product.
"I love it. I think they did a heck of a job with it, made it look really cool," McCaffrey said. "It definitely fired me up."
Hopefully, it does the same for you: