Eagles' McCoy and Foles earn NFL awards

Posted: February 03, 2014

NEW YORK - LeSean McCoy walked out of Radio City Music Hall after the NFL's awards show with a glistening new trophy tucked in his arms. After he was named the FedEx Ground player of the year for the second time in three seasons, the NFL offered to mail McCoy the award.

He said he lives in Philadelphia, he can take it on his own.

When the league offered a box, he declined. He carried the trophy out like he carried the football to a league-leading 1,607 yards. And as he prepared to leave, he mentioned he wants different hardware at this time next season.

"Now I need some rings," McCoy said. "Philadelphia's waiting, baby."

McCoy knew his latest award bolsters only his personal resumé. McCoy pays attention to running backs around the league and his standing among the league's finest. Winning the award two out of three seasons serves as validation for McCoy's place among the elite rushers. He mentioned Chicago's Matt Forte, Kansas City's Jamaal Charles, and Minnesota's Adrian Peterson.

"It's definitely something special," McCoy said. "There's so many different guys. . . . Each year, you're always looking at guys you're going against, putting numbers up, winning games. So you add all that up, you have trophies and awards like this each year. All of us have goals to be the best. This is a stepping-stone."

McCoy was a finalist for MVP and offensive player of the year, although both of those awards went to Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning for his historic season. McCoy entered the night figuring Manning was guaranteed to win MVP, but he hoped that he would have a chance for offensive player of the year.

"It's definitely cool to be mentioned with Peyton Manning, with the season he had," McCoy said.

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles was presented with the "Greatness on the Road" award after his seven-touchdown performance in a Nov. 3 win over the Oakland Raiders.

Foles was unavailable for comment after winning.

The coach of the year was Carolina's Ron Rivera after the Panthers went 12-4. Rivera, a former Eagles assistant, beat out Eagles coach Chip Kelly and Chiefs coach Andy Reid. The NFL's defensive player of the year was Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly. San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was comeback player of the year, beating out Eagles tackle Jason Peters.

The number of Eagles in contention for awards was a reflection of the type of season the team had.

McCoy was in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl and was in New York last week leading up to Sunday's Super Bowl. He's spent time with teammates and friends from around the league, and he noted the buzz that the team has generated.

"Everybody's excited about the players, the team, the things we've done this year," McCoy said. "We'd love to be the up-and-coming team. And I can't wait. . . . The first year, we learned more about the offense, about the mistakes. We had to get the wrinkles out. I'm excited to get back."

McCoy will relax and spend time with his family before ramping up his training leading up to the beginning of the team's offseason program on April 21. He'll do it with a new honor in tow, and a clear aspiration for next season.

"No matter how good a year I had, I know guys are gunning for me just like I'm gunning for guys," McCoy said. "I'm gunning for [Peterson]. . . . Last three years, two times I'm an all-pro. Now I got to keep it going."

NFL Award Winners

The Associated Press NFL awards were announced Saturday at the NFL Honors show in New York. Here

are the winners:

MVP: Peyton Manning, QB, Broncos

Offensive player: Manning

Defensive player: Luke Kuechly, LB, Panthers

Coach: Ron Rivera, Panthers

Comeback player: Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers

Offensive rookie: Eddie Lacy, RB, Packers

Defensive rookie: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Jets

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