LeSean McCoy to retire as an Eagle

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LeSean McCoy apparently has decided to stop waiting for the next opportunity to come.

The Eagles have announced that McCoy will retire as a member of the organization on Friday.

“LeSean possessed a unique combination of speed, elusiveness, and an exceptional playmaking ability that made him one of the most dynamic players in the league, and one of the most productive players in the history of our franchise,” owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement released by the team. “LeSean carried himself with a rare blend of confidence and youthful enthusiasm, but he also was driven by a desire to be one of the all-time greats at the running back position, and that’s what made him such an exciting player to be around and watch every week. He provided so many memorable plays and performances over the course of his career. We are honored to share in this special day with LeSean and look forward to recognizing him as the Eagles Legend of the Game on Sunday.”

Coincidentally (or not), the man who drafted McCoy returns on Sunday to face the Eagles. It will be Andy Reid’s second visit to Philadelphia as coach of the Chiefs, nine years after the Eagles let him go.

McCoy, a second-round pick in the 2009 draft, generated 11,102 rushing yards in 12 seasons. He added 3,898 receiving yards, and he scored 89 touchdowns.

Despite only spending half of his career in Philadelphia, McCoy is the franchise career leader in rushing yards, with 6,792. He also has the single-season franchise record for receiving yards (1,607 in 2013) and touchdowns (17 in 2011).

Unless he ends up on the Eagles’ reserve/retired list (he likely won’t), he can still play for anyone in 2021. Given the reality that running backs get injured fairly regularly, a call could still come.

Assuming his career doesn’t continue, McCoy capped it with the Buccaneers, winning a Super Bowl ring. The prior season, he won a Super Bowl ring with the Chiefs. He was active for neither Super Bowl game.

15 responses to “LeSean McCoy to retire as an Eagle

  1. Great career Shady. He’s probably better than he will be remembered as. At his peak he was electric and super fun to watch.

  2. The Eagles announced that Miles Sanders was retiring too. Jeffrey Lurie said, “The Eagles organization has decided to retire all running backs and the position as a whole . In the future we may add the running back position to the Eagles Wall of Fame .”

  3. LeSean was a great RB but took up way to much cap space at a devalued position. The best thing Chip Kelly did for the Eagles was trade him away.

    The Eagles do not win that Superbowl with LeSean on the team. I can’t remember the last time a SB champion had a top 5 money RB on it’s roster. The running back rooms of both teams that won the superbowl cost less than McCoy’s individual salary during his heyday.

    There’s no Nick Foles on that SB team if LeSean is still there.

  4. @Eagleswin He is also your single season recieving yards leader…so he’s not just some overpaid RB. You could have saved some money not paying Alshon. I know he had some big games in the playoffs, but is that worth his salary?

  5. Kiko Alonso for LeSean McCoy…there’s a trade I would make in a heartbeat! Can’t have too many Ducks on one’s roster.

  6. eagleswin says:
    September 30, 2021 at 12:10 pm I can’t remember the last time a SB champion had a top 5 money RB on it’s roster.

    Marshawn Lynch 2013

  7. Shady was one of the biggest reasons Buffalo ended the draught in 2017. Cheers to a great career.

  8. I’ll never forget the snow bowl when Shady gashed Detroit in 2013 for 200 + yards… It was like he was playing against a jv defense…

    You’ll forever be an eagle LeSean !!! Thanks for the memories !!!

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