On Thursday the Philadelphia Eagles announced that the franchise's leading rusher, LeSean McCoy, will officially retire as a member of the team on Friday.
McCoy enjoyed a 12-year career after being selected as a second-round draft pick (53rd overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft. He totaled an even 15,000 scrimmage yards (11,102 rushing; 3,898 receiving) and scored 89 total touchdowns (73 rushing; 16 receiving) in 170 regular-season games.
"Shady" spent his first six seasons as an Eagle (2009-14). He currently ranks first in rushing yards (6,792), second in rushing attempts (1,461), third in rushing touchdowns (44), and third in rushing average (4.7). McCoy also tallied 23 100-plus yard rushing games in his Eagles career (second all-time). His most memorable game as an Eagle was on December 8, 2013, where he set a franchise record with 217 rushing yards in a blizzard against the Detroit Lions.
In 2013 he led the NFL with 1,607 rushing yards (single-season franchise record) and 2,146 scrimmage yards, and in 2017 he totaled 17 rushing touchdowns (single-season franchise record). From 2009-19, McCoy ranked second among all active running backs in rushing yards (11,071) and rushing touchdowns (73).
For his accomplishments, McCoy was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame All-2010s Team. In his last two seasons he was finally rewarded for his great play by being a memorable of two consecutive Super Bowl winning teams -- first with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019 and then with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020.
At the time of his retirement, Shady McCoy currently sits 22nd all-time in rushing yards. 18 of the 21 running backs ahead of him are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and there is growing support for the other three (Fred Taylor, Steven Jackson, Corey Dillon) to get the call to the hall as well. He will have a solid case to make for Canton when the time comes for him to be eligible.