Philadelphia Eagles: LeSean McCoy wants to retire as an Eagle

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Despite preparing to play in his first-ever Super Bowl as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, LeSean McCoy admits he wants to retire as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

It seems like only yesterday LeSean McCoy was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

A hometown hero in every sense of the word, McCoy captured the hearts of Eagles fans of my generation more so than any position player in recent memory, more than Duce Staley, more than Brian Westbrook, even his ‘Sean’ brother DeSean Jackson.

Well news flash nostalgic Philly fans, McCoy hasn’t been a member of the Eagles for half a decade. Feel old yet? The number 25 jersey in your closet certainly does.

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While the Eagles have been rightfully respectful to McCoy’s legacy since he left the city via a player for player trade for Kiko Alonso – a trade that has aged horribly if you hadn’t noticed – and Howie Roseman has even attempted to bring the Harrisburg native back to town over the past few seasons, it would be understandable if the 31-year-old still held some ill-will to his former club.

I mean wouldn’t you be a little peeved if the team an hour and a half from your hometown shipped you off to NFL Siberia right in your prime, directly after two straight Pro Bowl seasons?

Well fortunately for all parties involved, McCoy’s age has brought some much-needed perspective on what could be an ugly situation.

At Super Bowl media day, McCoy made the typical rounds one would expect from any team’s second-tier star player. He answered questions about the moment, the game, and even gave some nice anecdotes about meeting noted Philly fan Kobe Bryant (more on the Mamba’s Philly fandom here), but also mentioned that he would like to eventually retire as a Philadelphia Eagle when that day comes.

My heart. Oh, my heart.

Since leaving the City of Brotherly Love back in 2015, no player on the 53 man roster has worn the number 25. I wonder why?

Hm, maybe it’s because despite only playing six seasons in South Philly, McCoy holds the franchise record for most rushing yards over a career (6,792), most rushing yards in a season (1,607), most touchdowns in a season (17), most touchdowns in a game (3), and most rushing yards in a game (217). McCoy also ranks second in Eagles history in most 100 yard games in a season (7) and in most rushing attempts over a career (1,461), and top-10 in literally every other rushing category.

If McCoy somehow ends up back in a midnight green jersey before his career ends, even if it’s only in a part-time, reserve role, it’s entirely possible the borderline Hall of Fame running back could hold every single running back record in franchise history, and end any doubt over who the best running back in Eagles history is – if there is any debate at all.

Next. Kobe Bryant was a fan just like you or me. dark

So regardless of how the Kansas City Chiefs – or the AFC Eagles, if you will – perform in the Super Bowl, it’s beyond exciting to know that one of Philly’s favorite sons plans to finish out his NFL career where it all began, as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. Who knows, maybe we will one day see a LeSean McCoy jersey hanging in the rafters of the Linc alongside former teammates like Donovan McNabb and Brian Dawkins? At this point, I wouldn’t bet against it.