Early Saturday afternoon, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy was named FedEx Ground Player of the Year for the second time in his career (2011). Heading into the evening’s award ceremony, the single-season franchise rushing leader had an opportunity to add a few new pieces of hardware to his growing trophy closet.
Most other seasons, the NFL’s leading rusher and arguably most explosive player would have a legitimate claim at the Offensive Player of the Year and MVP award. McCoy was far and away the top running back in the league and often put the team on his back in some of their signature wins. With Adrian Peterson having a ‘down’ year, by his standards, McCoy seized the position at the top of the running back totem pole all season.
Unfortunately for ‘Shady’ his best season also came during Peyton Manning’s, and any other quarterback in NFL history’s best season. Manning received 49 of a possible 50 votes for MVP, with Tom Brady receiving the only other vote. Few people thought McCoy had a legitimate shot at even threatening Manning’s incredible season. .
The Offensive Player of the Year award was something Shady could have made a legitimate argument for. Despite Manning having the best year of any quarterback in league history, sometimes skill players receive a bit more consideration for OPOY. However, when the announcement came down, apparently 2,146 all-purpose yards and 11 touchdowns were not enough to hold off Manning from adding a bit more glisten to his cabinet.
McCoy: “Initially, I was thinking [P. Manning's] guaranteed to win MVP. Hopefully, I could get at least the offensive player of the year.”
— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) February 2, 2014
At the end of the day, when it comes to the Eagles and individual awards, it’s usually just a reminder that they do not have any Super Bowls. LeSean McCoy had an incredible season and were it most years, he would have been the league’s most valuable player. Fortunately for the Eagles organization and its fans, Shady is far less jilted by being passed over for the yearly honors. He may overstep his boundaries sometimes, but he is the team’s best player and having the mentality he has regarding winning a championship is all one can ask for from a talent like McCoy’s.
LeSean McCoy: “Now I need some rings. Philadelphia’s waiting, baby.”
— Eagles Nation (@GoEaglesNation) February 2, 2014