Philadelphia Eagles: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
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LeSean McCoy. 16. player. 54. . RB. (2009-14)

By going over 10,000 career rushing yards last season with the playoff-bound 2017 Buffalo Bills, running back LeSean McCoy has essentially punched his ticket into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. While he has been outstanding the last three years with the Bills, it all started in the NFL for McCoy in Philadelphia.

The Eagles used a second-round pick on the former Pittsburgh Panthers standout in the 2009 NFL Draft. “Shady” played his first six NFL seasons in the City of Brotherly Love, where he made three trips to the Pro Bowl and two All-Pro first teams. In 2011, McCoy led the NFL in rushing touchdowns. In 2013, he led the league in rushing.

Four times did Shady rush for over 1,000 yards in a season. He was an adept pass catcher for the Eagles as well with 300 career grabs for 2,282 yards and 10 touchdowns in Eagles uniform. Unfortunately, the Eagles were not able to get all of McCoy’s prime, as we dealt to Buffalo in a high-profile deal for linebacker Kiko Alonso. Then Eagles head coach thought he could recreate McCoy in the aggregate with his up-tempo offensive attack. Plus, Alonso played for Kelly collegiately at the University of Oregon.

While McCoy remains the best offensive player in Orchard Park, Eagles fans should look back on his time with the franchise fondly. He might end up playing more years with the Bills than the Eagles, but he doesn’t get to the Pro Football Hall of Fame without a magnificent start to his NFL career with Philadelphia. Without hesitation, McCoy is one of the best running backs of his generation.