Philadelphia Eagles star Running Back LeSean McCoy is definitely not one to be slept on! He shot out the gate in 2009 he has truly made it to the head of the Running Back class. Fans really took notice McCoy’s 2011 season when he blazed for 1,309 yards and racked up 17 touch downs. The Eagles and their fans knew this guy was the truth.
Since his stellar 2011 season, he has stayed ahead of the class and is a force at the RB position, but is he honestly ready to dethrone Minnesota Vikings star Running Back “Mr. All Day” Adrian Peterson?
In a recent live interview on ESPN’s First Take Show, LeSean stated that he believes he is the best RB in the NFL today and should get the nod instead of Peterson. McCoy is quoted as saying, “I think AP has been the best back for so long, and he’s been doing it for so long, that’s why he automatically gets the best running back [title].” McCoy went on to say, “But the last three years? I’ve been All-Pro, first-team, twice. I never leave the field.” Might seem like a cheap shot, but he shouldn’t be doubted.
So now let’s take a peek a why so many keep coming for Peterson’s spot.
Since Minnesota Vikings Superstar Running Back Adrian Peterson burst onto pro football turf in 2007, he has been unbelievable and almost unstoppable. This workhorse steamrolled through defenses and for those that wouldn’t give up, it seemed he just carried them on his back while charging toward a first down or even the end zone. He quickly became the Vikings go-to guy in just about every offensive situation.
With the exception of a 2011 season ending surgery, Peterson has had less than 1,266 yards per season. His best season, when it comes to yardage, was 2012. He returned from ACL/MCL surgery and many were sure his better days were behind him. Whelp, he killed that theory and was just shy of breaking Eric Dickerson’s current rushing record of 2,105 yards by 27 feet and 9 yards. (Bet Dickerson watched that game on the edge of his seat, and finally exhaled at the end.)
His work ethic and competitive drive is what keeps him Head of the Class as the teachers pet.
Peterson is 4 years older than McCoy and we have seen the bet of the best of players loose a step or two with age and injuries. So far this has not been the case for either, so we have decided to let the fans decide if Peterson will still hold his crown or if McCoy case proves, it’s time to pass the torch. See the stats for both players and let us know if LeSean is ready and can actually dethrone All Day.