LeSean McCoy called time on his 12-year career on October 1, 2021. He retired after over a decade of jinking past flailing defenders who were inevitably fooled by Shady’s ability to change direction in a split second. The running back position is not nearly as important as it was in prior eras. But McCoy’s skills were perfect for the modern NFL; he was born to play in a spread offense.
At his peak, McCoy was unstoppable in open space and had the hands to provide an additional receiving threat. Fans will remember him as one of the best Philadelphia Eagles of all time, even if his time with the team ended in sour circumstances. McCoy still accomplished a lot after his tumultuous exit from Philly, strengthening the idea that he was one of his generation’s best running backs.
LeSean McCoy energized high-level offenses throughout his career
McCoy’s special talent was apparent in his rookie season. Despite only starting five games after being selected in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft, he managed to set a rookie rushing record with 606 yards. The young athlete only got stronger from that point on.
In his six years with the Eagles, McCoy became the franchise’s all-time leading rusher with 6,792 yards and 54 total touchdowns; he joined the league’s All-Pro first team twice. The 33-year-old retired after signing a one-day contract with the team. He said in an open letter on the Eagles’ official website, “The only regret I’ve ever had was not spending my entire career as an Eagle.”
Despite putting up 1,319 yards in 2013, McCoy was traded to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso. The trade was the bright idea of then-coach, Chip Kelly, whose conduct with the team frustrated and confused many fans.
“I feel like I always respected him as a coach. I think that’s the way he runs his team,” McCoy said in 2015, according to NFL.com. “He wants the full control. You see how fast he got rid of all the good players. Especially all the good black players. He got rid of them the fastest. That’s the truth. There’s a reason … It’s hard to explain with him. But there’s a reason he got rid of all the black players — the good ones — like that.”
McCoy ran for over 1,000 yards in two of his four years in Buffalo. Then he moved on to ring chasing — a highly successful move. McCoy reunited with Andy Reid as he joined the Chiefs, earning a ring despite not appearing on the active roster for most of their Super Bowl run. He then signed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and got a second championship while being similarly ineffectual.
In the end, fans will remember McCoy most for having more rushing yards in the 2010s than any other player.
What is LeSean McCoy’s net worth?
McCoy was fortunate to enter the league when the NFL still wanted to give running backs big bags of money.
He signed a four-year deal for $3.47 million out of college and earned an extension worth $45 million in 2012. Despite the trade to the Bills hurting him, Buffalo welcomed him by agreeing to a five-year deal worth $40 million. Those numbers are eye-opening. But given the vagaries of NFL contracts, it’s hard to know how much of this money he actually received.
Off the field, McCoy doesn’t have a lot of public investments, but the one he does have surely paid off. In 2012, he became a partner with BodyArmor SportsDrink. Given that the company was valued at $2 billion when Coca-Cola invested $300 million in 2018, it’s safe to assume McCoy got plenty of bang for his buck. According to Celebrity Net Worth, he’s currently worth $14 million.
McCoy’s legacy with Philadelphia Eagles football is special
McCoy spoke about his career and his future in a press conference at the Eagles facility. He says he had offers to continue playing. But he’ll only return if another Super Bowl contender calls or if the Eagles (definitely not Super Bowl contenders) want him for a swansong.
Being the hometown hero is a dream most players only dream about. McCoy actually got to become one. He grew up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, starred at Pittsburgh in college, and became the best running back in Eagles history. You would call it unrealistic if it happened in a movie.
We might not see much of McCoy in retirement, but it’s only a matter of time before he’s wearing a gold jacket at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.