January 5, 2014 |
No , was LeSean McCoy's answer to the simple question. "There are tons of great backs that didn't win in the playoffs and Super Bowl," the NFL's rushing and yards from scrimmage leader said this week when asked if playoff success was required to define a running back's status as one of the all-time greats. McCoy, at the moment, is one of the great ones with a hole in his postseason resumé. At 25 and in his fifth season, the Eagles' most lethal offensive weapon has time and even more desire to change that fact.
December 16, 2013 |
His name was Zeus. He was big, mean (to a 6-year-old), and he scared LeSean McCoy into running for his life. The Eagles running back doesn't quite know how he got his elusive moves, although he has his theories. But his older brother, LeRon, traces McCoy's ability to cut on a dime back to Zeus. "When we were kids we had this Rottweiler. Big dog. His name was Zeus," LeRon McCoy said recently. "LeSean is about six years younger than me and we used to go to this football field across the street from my house and take our dog for a walk.
December 13, 2013 |
RON McCOY is as awed as everyone else, watching his son chase Wilbert Montgomery's Eagles franchise single-season rushing record. "The way he just breaks you down. It's magic," LeSean McCoy's father said yesterday. "You're getting ready to come up on this guy, he's going one way, all of a sudden he just shifts and goes to the other side. I don't know how you're going to practice against that. "He just has that wiggle, that ability to make you miss. A lot of backs don't have that.
December 8, 2013 |
GROWING UP in Harrisburg, LeSean McCoy enjoyed watching Lions running back Barry Sanders run over opposing defenses on Sundays. With Sanders' unique style and raw talent, McCoy never imagined he would someday be compared to the Hall of Famer. Known primarily for his ability to make something out of nothing, McCoy has remained humble throughout his short career whenever he is asked of the comparison to Sanders. "I don't really see it as a comparison," McCoy said during his Wednesday news conference at the NovaCare Complex, as the Eagles prepared to host the Lions tomorrow.
October 30, 2013 |
Barry was better than Emmitt. And Calvin is better than Dez. For all his toughness, mind-boggling durability and irrefutable role in the Cowboys' dominance of the early 1990s, nobody but a diehard Dallas fan would honestly select Emmitt Smith over Barry Sanders as their featured running back. I know, I know . . . Barry quit. Emmitt never did (though many wished he had sooner). I get it. But the debate is not about which player had a bigger heart, or was more loyal to his team.
September 6, 2013 |
THERE IS no question Adrian Peterson opened himself up to some snickering by suggesting his goal for the season was to rush for 2,500 yards. Peterson missed breaking Eric Dickerson's hallowed record by 9 yards last season - that's 27 feet folks. Now that Peterson has peaked in the window of history, he wants to knock down the door with a battering ram. Of course, fantasy fans would love 2,500 yards. Heck, 1,500 yards and maybe a few more than the 13 touchdowns he scored in 2012 is why Peterson was the consensus No. 1 pick in fantasy leagues everywhere.
December 25, 2011 |
Two hundred eleven running backs have carried the ball for the Eagles in their 79-year history. LeSean McCoy is on pace to run for more yards in his first three seasons than any of them. He already has accounted for the most yards from scrimmage, running and receiving. And the Eagles' go-to back, is still just 23 years old. This has been a terribly disappointing season for Eagles fans, but McCoy hasn't disappointed. His effort has been consistent, his outlook positive, his focus on the team, even on days when the Eagles lost at least in part because they somehow neglected to give him the ball enough.
November 1, 2011
WHEN IT started, it was once a game. LeSean McCoy would stop in full stride, shift his body a foot or 2, then resume full speed as if someone hit the play button on their Tivo. "Barry Sanders," an announcer would say, and the usual disclaimers would follow. Too young. Too soon. You're talking about one of the greatest running backs of all time, ranked first by NFL.com as the most elusive ever. But man, Shady McCoy sure does remind you of . . . Especially on a night like Sunday, when a big chunk of the 185 yards he gained against the Cowboys came off improvisation, off his very, very Barry-like ability to make the first man miss.
December 3, 2003 |
Barry Sanders, one of football's smoothest backs, acknowledges that the way he left the Detroit Lions was awkward. During his first news conference since his shocking retirement on the eve of training camp in 1999, Sanders said yesterday, "The way it was done may have been a little clumsy. " Sanders announced his retirement through a written statement released by his hometown newspaper, the Wichita (Kan.) Eagle. "Even had I retired in a more graceful way, it still would have been taken the wrong way by a lot of people because I retired after 10 years," Sanders, 35, said.
October 20, 2001 |
The Detroit Lions have informed the agent for former star running back Barry Sanders that they will accommodate him if he wants to come out of retirement and play football for another team, according to reports. "If he wants to play football somewhere else, we will accommodate him," coach Marty Mornhinweg told ESPN.com. This is the first time the Lions have publicly or privately taken this position since Sanders retired after the 1998 season. Mornhinweg was responding to a report that said Sanders' agents were trying to use Michael Jordan's return to the NBA as a catalyst for him to return to the NFL, but that the Lions were adamant about his resuming his career in Detroit, if he so desired.