LeSean Kamel McCoy, nicknamed “Shady”, is an American former football running back who played in the National Football League. He played college football at Pittsburgh and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. McCoy attended Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, from 2002 to 2006. In his senior year of high school, McCoy suffered a major ankle injury, which threatened his career. In his first year at Pittsburgh in 2007, McCoy rushed for over 1,300 yards and recorded 14 touchdowns. In 2008, McCoy was selected as a second-team All-American. His 21 rushing touchdowns were third in the nation, only one behind the two leaders.
In 2010, McCoy took over as the starting running back for the Eagles, and broke the 1,000-yard rushing barrier. In 2011, McCoy was named First team All-Pro by the Associated Press. In 2012, McCoy suffered a concussion that limited him to only 12 games. In 2013, McCoy led the NFL in rushing yards with 1,607, shattering the team’s individual single-season rushing yards record that stood for 34 years. McCoy went on to become the all-time leading rusher for the Eagles after the 2014 season, breaking the record previously held by Wilbert Montgomery.
In the 2015 offseason, McCoy was traded to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso. After the trade, he signed a new five-year contract worth $40 million. McCoy made the Pro Bowl in each of his first three years in Buffalo, helping the team snap a 17-year playoff drought, and became one of a few select NFL running backs to surpass 10,000 career rushing yards. After playing four seasons with the Bills, he was released prior to the 2019 season. He would finish his career with one season stints with the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2019 and 2020 respectively, winning a Super Bowl each season.
McCoy was named to the National Football League 2010s All-Decade Team; no player scored more touchdowns, ran for more yards, or gained more yards from scrimmage than McCoy did from 2010 to 2019.