Free-agent running back LeSean McCoy said Sunday that not only will he retire on his own terms, but when he does so, he'll have a resume that's worthy of induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
In an Instragram post thanking some family members and former teammates that have contributed to the success that he's had in his first 11 NFL seasons, McCoy concluded by saying "HOF on the way when I SAY I'm Done:"
This is the latest reminder that McCoy, who will turn 32 in July, would like to continue his NFL career. Though he fell out of favor in Kansas City and was ultimately made inactive for the team's Super Bowl LIV victory, he did still average 4.6 yards per carry on 101 rushes in 2019, so it's fair for him to think he can still contribute in some form.
The Philadelphia Eagles, according to Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer, have some level of interest in a reunion with McCoy, though no offer has been made to the two-time All-Pro. McLane said last week that the Eagles did make offers to both Devonta Freeman and Carlos Hyde, though Hyde ultimately agreed to a deal with the Seattle Seahawks. If signed, McCoy would compete for a roster spot with Boston Scott, Corey Clement and Elijah Holyfield. Second-year running back Miles Sanders, who has predicted he'll win the NFL MVP in 2020, is locked in as the No. 1 running back on the depth chart.
As is, McCoy has a pretty impressive resume, the bulk of which was built up during his tenures with the Eagles and Buffalo Bills. McCoy has 11,071 career rushing yards, the 22nd most in NFL history. Even in a supporting role, he could theoretically still pass O.J. Simpson, Corey Dillon, John Riggins and Steven Jackson on the all-time rushing list. Simpson and Riggins are Hall of Famers. Of the 22 running backs in NFL history with 11,000 or more rushing yards, 16 are Hall of Famers. Two more, Adrian Peterson and Frank Gore, are seen as locks to be inducted when their careers conclude.
McCoy probably faces more of an uphill battle than some of his peers, though he certainly was a more dominant individual player at his peak than Gore, and has averaged more yards per carry in his career than Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith, Curtis Martin, Jerome Bettis, Eric Dickerson, Tony Dorsett, Marshall Faulk, Edgerrin James, Marcus Allen and Franco Harris, among others.
At a minimum, McCoy will have a case that should be weighed heavily by voters. If he's able to extend his career another season or two, he could potentially cement himself as a Hall of Famer.