LeSean Kamel McCoy (born July 12, 1988), nicknamed “Shady,” is an American football running back for thePhiladelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Eagles in the second round (53rd Overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Pittsburgh.
McCoy was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He attended Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, the same high school attended by Ricky Watters. As a high school senior, he earned first team Class AAAA Associated Press All-State; as a sophomore, he once broke out for 406 yards in a game ; as a junior he ran for 2,828 yards, scored 33 touchdowns, and earned Associated Press Class AAAA player of the year, Offensive MVP of the Mid-Penn Commonwealth Conference, 1st team Associated Press All-State. At one point during his junior year of high school, LeSean was considered to be the top prospect in the country. During his senior season, McCoy had committed to theUniversity of Miami. However, experiencing academic difficulties at Bishop McDevitt and suffering a broken ankle led McCoy to attend prep school at Milford Academy in New Berlin, New York for the 2006–07 school year. He had been invited to play in the Big 33 Football Classic and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl that year, but ultimately did not participate in those games as he was still recovering from his injury. Following a coaching change at Miami, McCoy committed to the University of Pittsburgh on January 16, 2007.
McCoy was considered “One of the country’s elite running back prospects…rated the nation’s No. 7 running back by Scout.com” A 2006 ESPN evaluation described him as “lightning in a bottle every time he touches the ball.”
At the 2004 State College NIKE Training Camp, LeSean McCoy recorded a 4.25 40 yard dash, the fastest 40 time of the event.
McCoy was the cornerstone of the “Wildcat offense” which the Pittsburgh Panthers unveiled in a September 2007 game against the Michigan State Spartans. In the Wildcat offense, McCoy lined up as quarterback in a shotgun formation and took direct snaps from center, Sporting News, while commenting in an Associated Press story that “LeSean McCoy is off to one of the best starts by any Pitt freshman running back not named Tony Dorsett“, criticized the Wildcat offense by remarking further, “McCoy might need to be a combination of both Dorsett and Dan Marino for the Panthers to start producing some offense other than through his running.”
McCoy finished his freshman year 2nd in the Big East Conference and is 19th in the NCAA Division I FBS (formerly I-A) in rushing yards with 1,328. He also finished third in the conference and tied for 19th in the NCAA Div I-FBS with 14 rushing touchdowns. McCoy was named to the freshmen All-American team by Rivals.com and was also a first team All-Big East selection by Rivals.com. In his final game of his Freshman year he ran for 148 yards against rival West Virginia in the 100th Backyard Brawl to help the 28-point underdog Panthers knock off the then-#2 Mountaineers.
McCoy was pressed into service as a starter against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 27, 2009 when the Eagles deactivated starter Brian Westbrook due to an ankle injury. He scored his first touchdown in the first quarter of the game on a five-yard rush. McCoy started against the New York Giants on November 1, 2009. He carried the ball 11 times for 82 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 10 yards. McCoy made his third start for a NBC Sunday Night Football game against the Dallas Cowboys. McCoy rushed 13 times for 54 yards and caught five passes for 61 yards in a 20-16 losing effort. Westbrook sustained a concussion against San Diego and McCoy was called on yet again to be the starter in a road game against the Chicago Bears on NBC Sunday Night Football. He performed very well and he rushed 20 times for 99 yards and a touchdown, as the Eagles won the game 24-20.
On December 20, 2009 against the San Francisco 49ers, McCoy broke the all-time Eagles rookie rushing record with 606 yards on the year. The record was previously set by Correll Buckhalter with 586 yards in 2001.
On March 18, 2010, McCoy changed his number from 29 to 25, which he previously wore when he was at the University of Pittsburgh. He became the starting running back after Westbrook was released from the team prior to the start of the 2010 season.
LeSean McCoy finished the 2011 season as the league’s fourth leading rusher, after sitting out the last game. During the December 18, 2011 game against the New York Jets, McCoy broke the Eagles’ single season touchdown and rushing touchdown records previously set by Steve Van Buren in 1945. McCoy currently holds the records with 17 rushing and 20 total touchdowns. He was also voted into the Pro Bowl for his season’s performance. McCoy won the Fed Ex Ground Player of the Year Award, and was also voted Associated Press All-Pro First Team running back.
On May 17th, 2012, it was announced that McCoy had signed a 5-year contract extension with the Philadelphia Eagles. The contract is worth $45 million with $20.765 million guaranteed.