LeSean McCoy already making his case for the Hall of Fame

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LeSean McCoy likely has played his final down in the NFL. He has been on the Super Bowl winning team the past two seasons while playing only three snaps in seven postseason games, including being inactive for both Super Bowls.

Although the running back has left open the possibility of playing a 13th season, odds are he won’t.

“If it’s not the right team, I’m going to retire,” McCoy said on the All Things Covered podcast of Patrick Peterson and Bryant McFadden, via 610 Sports Radio. “Had a nice run at it. Hopefully I get a gold jacket.”

McCoy, 32, has a better chance eventually to end up in Canton than to end up on an NFL roster in 2021.

He made the NFL’s all-decade team for the 2010s, one of the four running backs. He rushed for more yards in the decade than Frank Gore, Adrian Peterson or Marshawn Lynch, the other three running backs on the list.

Making an all-decade team bodes well for a player’s Pro Football Hall of Fame chances.

McCoy made six Pro Bowls and twice was elected All-Pro. His 11,102 career yards rank 22nd in NFL history, while his 2,457 carries are 26th and his 73 touchdowns are tied for 28th. McCoy’s 15,000 yards from scrimmage have him 26th in history.

“I got stats. I got two championships,” McCoy said. “A lot of these dudes have three or four good years and they make them the greatest. I’ve been the best in my decade-plus. Everybody can’t say that.”

McCoy had 111 carries for 496 yards and four touchdowns over the past two seasons with the Chiefs and the Bucs. He had 154 touches for 778 yards and five touchdowns.

Players become eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame five seasons after retirement, so McCoy would appear on the ballot for the Class of 2026 if he retires this year and stays retired.

32 responses to “LeSean McCoy already making his case for the Hall of Fame

  1. I’d take him over Bettis.

    Yards from scrimmage (15111/15000) and tds (94/89) are pretty much the same.

    Why not?!

  2. They give out those gold jackets like halloween candy. It would be better if he could show just a touch of humility and keep his mouth shut about it until he was at least eligible. But Shady’s gonna Shady.

  3. Personally I think he gets in and if I could vote I would vote for him. But let’s pump the breaks on the sure thing. Yes he has more yards from 2010-2020 than Peterson and Gore but they have more total yards so that doesn’t really matter to me. Yes he has championships but he wasn’t a factor in either Super Bowl. For me the question comes down to was he one of the few elite backs when he played? I think he was but let’s be honest Peterson was a better running back for their careers and Lynch was a key piece of a team that won a Super Bowl and made another.

  4. Standards for the hall of fame have been drastically lowered in baseball, basketball and football. If this guy gets in, a new low has been achieved.

  5. Hines Ward needs to get in before Shady as he actually played a role in winning 2 rings.

  6. Shady just doesn’t seem HOF to me imo. He was the equivalent of Warrick Dunn, who also isn’t in the HOF. Those 2 rings don’t mean anything since he didn’t do contribute on the field to get them.

    Current guys that will get in:

    Peterson
    Gore
    Lynch
    Henry

  7. Keep can talk about your standards all you want but not many backs in his generation have had his production and was able to sustain a career as long as he has. For his peers only AD can say he was better at his peak and maybe Lynch. Gore had a long career but was never a game changer.

  8. Mccoy was good but he wasn’t better than Bettis. I never saw LBs & DBs afraid to tackle Mccoy like they did when the Bus got rumbling.

  9. Averaged 65 rushing yds/game, 23 receiving yds/game, 7.5 touchdowns a year (combining rushing and receiving). Add it all up and its not that impressive, IMO. Definitely not HOF.

  10. When are people going to realize that being a HOFer isn’t about putting up big stats. It’s about did you contribute in a big way to making your team elite. Fans of today are all about stats and stats are useless if they don’t result in winning, look at Watson!

  11. NFLTHENEWWWE says:
    March 11, 2021 at 7:02 pm
    When are people going to realize that being a HOFer isn’t about putting up big stats. It’s about did you contribute in a big way to making your team elite. Fans of today are all about stats and stats are useless if they don’t result in winning, look at Watson!
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    None of the Eagle or Buffalo teams that he was on were elite. And when those teams made the playoffs with him, they were one-and-done, and McCoy wasn’t very good in the playoffs.

  12. Averaged 65 rushing yds/game, 23 receiving yds/game, 7.5 touchdowns a year (combining rushing and receiving). Add it all up and its not that impressive, IMO. Definitely not HOF.

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    Those are exactly what Frank Gores stats look like too.

  13. When are people going to realize that being a HOFer isn’t about putting up big stats. It’s about did you contribute in a big way to making your team elite.

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    I’m not sure if this is an argument for or against McCoy.

    He never helped make any team elite. The Eagles went to the playoffs a few times while he was there. The only time he played on elite teams (Chiefs/Bucs) he was an afterthought.

  14. Shady was one of the best backs in his era, I’ll agree with that. And he probably deserves to be in Canton. But his current talk and “making his case” to get in is ridiculously tacky. Humility was never his cup of tea.

  15. There are guys who are close enough you can at least build an argument about. But I don’t think he’s even at that stage yet.

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