PHILADELPHIA -- LeSean McCoy, running back for the Philadelphia Eagles, will officially retire on Friday. The team announced.
McCoy, the franchise’s leading rusher for over a decade, will be honored at Lincoln Financial Field Sunday. Andy Reid is the coach of McCoy's Kansas City Chiefs team.
Jeffrey Lurie, Eagles CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors, stated that "LeSean possessed an unmatched combination of speed and elusiveness as well as an exceptional playmaking ability that made them one of the most dynamic players of the league and one the most productive players in our franchise history." "LeSean was a rare combination of youthful enthusiasm and confidence. But he was also driven by the desire to be one the greatest running back positions in the world. That's why he was such an interesting player to watch each week.
"He provided so many memorable performances and plays throughout his career. We are proud to celebrate this special day with LeSean, and we look forward to recognising him as the Eagles Legend of the Game Sunday."
LeSean McCoy holds the Eagles' record for rushing yards with 6,792 and ranks third in rushing touchdowns (44) and average rushing yards (3.75 yards). Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports
McCoy was a second-round selection in 2009. He spent his first six years in Philadelphia where he set a team record of 6,792 rushing yard and placed third in rushing touchdowns (44) and average rushing distance (4.7 yards). McCoy was named second-team All-Pro twice. In 2013, he set franchise records in rushing yards (1 607) and rushing touchdowns (17).
McCoy was in Philadelphia for three of his six Pro Bowl appearances.
McCoy posted on the team website, "I still have that green in my heart," McCoy said. "There were times when I would see the Eagles on television, and it just felt strange not wearing that uniform. It's easy to think back to those big games and the cheers of the fans. I have always considered myself an Eagle. It is only right that I retire as an Eagle when I return home.
McCoy was traded to the Buffalo Bills by the Eagles in 2015 for Kiko Alonso, a linebacker. After four years with Buffalo, he was then drafted by Reid, the Chiefs, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He finished his career with two Super Bowl championships.