After 12 seasons in the NFL, runningback LeSean McCoy officially announced his retirement on Thursday morning, and he will retire as a Philadelphia Eagle. The team announced they will be honoring McCoy, their all-time leading rusher, at their home field, Lincoln Financial Field, on Sunday.
McCoy has led an incredibly decorated career, as he is a six-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion, winning one with the Kansas City Chiefs and one with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He will sign a one-day deal with Philadelphia on Friday so he can officially retire as an Eagle.
“After 12 years in the NFL, I’ve decided to retire an Eagle because this is home to me,” McCoy wrote on the Eagles’ website. “I still have that green inside my heart. There are times when I’d see the Eagles on TV, and it just felt weird not wearing that uniform.
I instantly think back to all of those big games and the roar of the fans; I’ve just always seen myself as an Eagle. It’s only right to come back home and retire an Eagle.”
A Little History
McCoy started his professional football career in 2009 in Philadelphia, remaining with them for six seasons before being traded rather unceremoniously to the Buffalo Bills in 2015. He played for them for four seasons.
In 2019, he joined the Kansas City Chiefs and won a Super Bowl with them. The next season, in 2020, McCoy became a Buccaneer and won another Super Bowl in Tampa Bay.
Despite playing for a myriad of teams throughout his decorated career, McCoy has always held a special place in his heart for the Philadelphia Eagles.
“When the Eagles had the championship run in 2017, I was cheering for them.” McCoy wrote. “It was bittersweet because I would have loved to have been there. Watching them as a kid, they were so, so close for many years. It would have meant so much more for me to help get them over the top.
When I saw the celebrations on Broad Street, I felt it. I felt that adrenaline. It hurt because it made me wish that all of my big accomplishments were there that much more. I think about what it would have been like to win a Super Bowl with the Eagles all the time.”
It’s a nice full-circle moment for McCoy, to finish a 12-year, incredibly successful career in the NFL with the team that gave him his first chance. Philadelphia fans will certainly be thrilled to see him on the field again to celebrate his six years with the team.
I’m probably the farthest thing there is from an Eagles fan, and when I heard then news that he was retired, I got a little bit sad. Even as a Washington fan, watching McCoy play was, for lack of a better way to say it, beautiful.
It was beautiful to watch him do what he does best and dominate the football field. LeSean McCoy had an incredibly impressive career, and I’m sure he will be missed, especially in Philadelphia.