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Is LeSean McCoy A Hall of Famer?

  • The Draft Network
  • September 30, 2021
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One of the most exciting ball-carriers of our generation is officially hanging up his cleats.

According to multiple reports, former Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy is signing a one-day contract with the Philadelphia Eagles so that he could retire as a member of their football team. McCoy spent the first six years (2009-14) of his professional career in Philadelphia, carving out an impressive resume for himself that includes eight straight 1,000-plus yard seasons.

McCoy was the man in Philadelphia. His tenure as an Eagle was highlighted by a 2013 campaign that saw McCoy total an astounding 2,146 yards from scrimmage, which is good for 36th on the NFL's all-time total yards from scrimmage in a single season list. McCoy was an excellent player in his prime, and we can already hear the debates ringing across the NFL landscape.

McCoy's retirement brings up a common question that consistently arises when a player of his stature announces his retirement. Does McCoy belong in the Hall of Fame? 

We ultimately lean toward McCoy falling just short of compiling a career worthy enough to be honored in Canton, Ohio. The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native was an excellent playmaker, but there are just 28 running backs that have been deemed noteworthy enough to receive the honor of being inducted into professional football's most exclusive club.

A six-time Pro Bowler, McCoy's 11,102 rushing yards places him 22nd and in fine company on the NFL's all-time rushing leaders category. One thing that will likely hurt McCoy in this conversation is that his teams never had great success throughout the prime of his career. It's something the Hall of Fame selection committee pays close attention to, even for non-quarterbacks.

McCoy didn't experience any playoff success in Philadelphia, something that is often paramount to the outcome of this process. Philadelphia failed to win a single playoff game with McCoy on their roster, whiffing on all three of their attempts (0-for-3 in wild-card games). McCoy would spend the next four campaigns as a member of the Buffalo Bills, where his lack of playoff success unfortunately continued its pattern. The Bills qualified for the playoffs just once during that time frame, losing a miserable wild-card game to the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2017.

McCoy would ironically close out his career as a back-to-back Super Bowl champion, earning the NFL's highest honor with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019 and again with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a year later. Unfortunately for McCoy, he was well past his prime at this point and was more of a spectator than an influential factor in these playoff results.

McCoy will certainly deem himself worthy of receiving the game's ultimate honor in retirement, but we don't see it coming to fruition anytime soon.

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