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Former Pitt Great LeSean McCoy To Announce Retirement From The NFL

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One of the most talented running backs in the history of Pitt football has played in his last football game.

After a 12-year career, LeSean McCoy will sign a one-day contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday and then will announce his retirement from the NFL. McCoy set the Eagles single-season touchdown record with 20 in 2011 and went on to become the franchise’s all-time leading rusher.

The 33-year old McCoy was drafted by the Eagles in the 2nd round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Following six productive years in Philadelphia, McCoy was traded to the Buffalo Bills and then went on to play for one season each with Kansas City and last season with Tampa Bay.

“Shady” finished his career with 2,457 carries for 11,102 yards (4.5 yds/carry) and 73 rushing touchdowns. McCoy also got it done as a receiver as he collected 518 catches for 3,898 yards and 16 touchdowns.

With so many productive seasons, McCoy was selected to the Pro Bowl six times and named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s All-Decade team for the 2010’s.

Prior to his stardom in the NFL, McCoy got things started in college at Pitt and was one of the biggest gets for the Pitt football program as Dave Wannstedt and his staff won a national recruiting battle in 2007 to bring him to Pittsburgh.

 

 

During his freshman season, McCoy was used a lot in the Wildcat offense and in 12 games, he rushed 276 times for 1,328 yards (4.8 yards/carry) and 14 rushing touchdowns. McCoy also caught 33 passes for 244 yards and 1 touchdown. McCoy started the season as a backup to LaRod Stephens-Howling but took over for good when Stephens-Howling went down with an injury. His career-high game was against Michigan State when he rushed for 172 yards. Shady’s biggest moment as a freshman was no doubt when the 28-point underdog Panthers upset No. 2 ranked West Virginia in the 100th Backyard Brawl. McCoy rushed for 148 yards in that memorable game.

In his sophomore season of 2008, McCoy improved upon his freshman season as he rushed for 1,488 yards on 308 carries and scored 21 rushing touchdowns. He also averaged 9.5 yards per catch (32 receptions for 305 yards).

Following that season, after initially saying he would return to Pitt, McCoy changed his mind and announced he would be leaving school early and declaring for the NFL Draft.

During his 12-year career, McCoy’s career earnings were over $63 million.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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