LeSean McCoy is a pro-American football superstar who plays in the position of a running back for the Buffalo Bills of the NFL. Picked by the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL draft of 2009, LeSean completed six seasons with the Eagles before joining the Bills via a trade in 2015. Meanwhile, the football star has recorded so many great achievements in his career. McCoy has been named to the Pro Bowl for six times and is also a two-time league leader in rushing yards. He has equally been named to the All-Pro team twice in 2011 and 2013 respectively. Read on, as we take you through the LeSean’s biography and other interesting facts below.
LeSean McCoy Brief Bio
LeSean Kamel McCoy came into this world on the 12th day of July 1988; he was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in the United States. Coming from a lineage of athletic stars, the running back was raised by his black American parents Ron and his wife Daphne McCoy. He grew up along with his older brother named LeRon McCoy; LeRon also played football professionally for the Arizona Cardinals. As a child, his mother gave him the nickname Shady following his short temper and constant mood swings. He graduated from Bishop McDevitt High School situated in Harrisburg. While he was there, the young LeSean set his football career sailing with the school team.
During his high school career, LeSean won the Penn Commonwealth Conference Offensive MVP as well as AP Player of the Year Award for his brilliant performances. He completed his high school football career in 2005 and was rated as one of the top college prospects of his set. Prior to his graduation, LeSean participated in the 2004 Nike College Training Camp where he set the fastest record by finishing the 40-yard dash in 4.23 seconds.
The running back went on to attend Milford Academy for one year before transferring to the University of Pittsburgh. While he was there, LeSean McCoy played two seasons with the Panthers before declaring for the NFL draft in 2008. During his college career, McCoy won the Big East Rookie of the Year Award after making 33 receptions and rushing for 1,328 yards in 2007. He also got call-ups to the All-Big East First Team the same year. The following year, McCoy also earned All-Big East First team call-up, as well as All-American Second team honours after rushing for 1,488 yards in 2008. At the end of his sophomore year, LeSean declared for the NFL draft while forgoing the remaining two years of his college eligibility.
Injury and Career Stats
Going pro, LeSean McCoy was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He further penned a four-year rookie contract worth $3.47 million. The running back made his first appearance for the team during their week three game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He served as the starting running back following the absence of Brian Westbrook who was on injured reserve. He led the Eagles to the playoffs in 2010 and also surpassed the team’s long-standing record of 1,000 rushing yards. That season, LeSean rushed for 1,080 yards while scoring seven touchdowns.
He got his first All-Pro team selection in 2011 after leading the league in rushing yards. LeSean finished the season with a total of 1,309 yards. The next year, his contract with the Eagles was extended for five more years in a deal of $45 million. He missed four games during the 2012 season due to injuries. LeSean had a total of 840 rushing yards that year.
In 2013, LeSean once again led the league in rushing yards while amassing a total of 1,607 rushing yards. His remarkable performance earned him his second All-Pro team selection, as well as second Pro Bowl honours. After that, LeSean continued making strides while he got four more Pro Bowl selections in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. He was traded to the Buffalo Bills in March 2015 for a linebacker named Kiko Alonso. Afterwards, he penned a five-year deal worth $40 million with the Bills.
The talented running back was plagued by a hamstring injury during the 2015 season which slowed down his performance that season. He managed to see action in 12 games, rushing for 895 yards with three touchdowns. He was rated 69th on the 2016 list of Top NFL 100 Players. The following season, LeSean played all sixteen games for the Bills, rushing for 1,138 yards while scoring six touchdowns. He was named the Bills captain for the 2018 season. Although the season started at a low pace, LeSean has been struggling to make a good record out of the season. Just recently, he suffered a hamstring injury which will keep him away for some time. If the player stays away for a long time, this might be his worst season since the inception of his professional career. So far, he has recorded 145 carries for 479 rushing yards.
Girlfriend Abuse Allegations and Suspension: What Really Happened?
The running back has been mixed up in several controversies with his former girlfriend and baby mama Delicia Cordon. The duo had a tumultuous relationship which ended a few years ago following some irreconcilable differences. They equally share a son named LeSean McCoy Jr. – born earlier in 2018. Delicia accused LeSean of masterminding a robbery and assault on her. However, McCoy outrightly denied the accusation albeit no charges were filed.
In July 2018, an Instagram post with a picture of a battered woman appeared on Instagram with the poster alleging that LeSean was involved in domestic violence. Although the post was deleted a few minutes later, the NFL began an investigation while suspension news was looming. At the end of their investigation, the league’s management concluded that LeSean had not violated the NFL personal conduct policy. Obviously, it was a mere domestic issue involving a woman with a child fighting not to be evicted from her boyfriend’s property.
Delicia Cordon later took the case to court alleging that he did not protect her when the attack took place. She later changed her claims that he masterminded the attack. The case was due to progress in courts, however, they subsequently settled out of courts without revealing the terms of the settlement.