Philadelphia Eagles’ All-Pro Running Back LeSean McCoy is the NFL’s leading rusher with 1,009 yards on the year so far. Amazing feats like this is nothing new for McCoy. When he was a senior in Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, Pa., he was on his way to leading his team to the Pennsylvania State High School Football Championship. They had gotten there because of his ability to move the ball down the feet with the nimbleness like few before him.
He suffered a compound fracture on his right ankle and thus ended his high school football career and McDevitt’s chances to win the State championship that year. Many players may have given up at that point. But not McCoy. He used that injury to motivate him. He pushed himself to be better. He had a dream.
You feel like your dreams are all crashing down,” McCoy said. “Each day, I went out on that field and played, and all that I could think about was going to the NFL and playing ball in college and being on TV playing ball. When that injury happens, you don’t know where your life will go, or where your career will go. I had about seven or eight schools who wanted me, and then getting injured and seeing so many schools back off of me, that just rubs you the wrong way,” McCoy said. “I think since then, my attitude has been so different. I feel like coaches and people may trust me, but I gain their trust and respect when I play the game, because anything can happen.
It’s that attitude that has driven McCoy to be what he is today. He could have quit. He could have given up. But his character would not allow that.