Two-time Super Bowl Running Back champion announces his retirement from the NFL
One of the best running backs in NFL history calls it a career. The Philadelphia Eagles have announced that LeSean McCoy is sign a one day contract Friday and retire as a team member. He spent his first six seasons with the Eagles before spending time with the Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“I’m retiring because I’m mentally at peace,” McCoy wrote in an essay published on the official Eagles website. “The only regret I ever had was that I hadn’t spent my entire career as an Eagle. I watch guys like Jason Kelce and Larry Fitzgerald, my longtime friends, who have spent their entire careers with one team. I grew up in Harrisburg, played college football in Pittsburgh, and was drafted by the Eagles. I never thought it would have been like this, but it would have been so cool to end my career playing only in this state. “
McCoy was drafted by the Eagles in the second round in 2009. After a strong rookie season, McCoy ran for over 1,000 yards for the first time in 2010. He was named to the All-Pro First Team in 2011 after having rushed for 1,309 yards and 17 touchdowns in the league lead. After six successful seasons with the Eagles, McCoy was traded to the Bills in March 2015. During his four seasons at Buffalo, McCoy racked up 3,814 yards and 25 touchdowns while being selected three times for the Pro Bowl.
In 2019, McCoy signed a one-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. He didn’t see much action but was part of the squad when they won the Super Bowl. Last season McCoy was a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played sparingly in 10 games and won his second Super Bowl. Overall, McCoy rushed for 11,102 yards and 73 touchdowns. He has been selected six times to the Pro Bowl and is a member of the All-Decade team of the 2010s.
“LeSean possessed a unique combination of speed, elusiveness and exceptional playing 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, ”Jeffrey Lurie, president of the Philadelphia Eagles. and CEO, said on the team’s official website. “LeSean behaved with a rare blend of confidence and youthful enthusiasm, but he was also driven by a desire to be one of the greatest of all time at running back, and that’s what which made him such an exciting player to be around and watch every week. ”