As the Philadelphia Eagles continue to improve their public image, some players on the team are helping them out. LeSean McCoy became the latest player on the Eagles to make a push toward public service. Through his namesake foundation, the running back helped raise more than $100,000 for ALS by throwing a charity softball game. Not only did the celebrity event prove to generate a lot of money for a good cause, it also provided entertainment for the kids and adults that attended. When thinking about the charity softball game, I couldn't stop thinking about how happy I was that the Eagles rewarded this young star with a contract extension. McCoy is a guy that everyone in the city should cheer for in the coming years.
ALS has a personal connection to McCoy. The illness claimed his grandmother in 2010. It also hits home a little bit for Eagles fans. Former fullback Kevin Turner was diagnosed with the disease that same year and is currently involved in a major lawsuit with the NFL. Though he wasn't involved with McCoy's event, it wasn't hard for fans to make the connection about just how serious the disease is. Between Turner's issues and McCoy's commitment to awareness, I have no doubt that people in Philadelphia will be paying attention to this illness in the near future. I applaud McCoy for going the extra mile. It's easy to simply donate money to charity. It's something else entirely to actively organize your peers and put on a fun event for everyone to enjoy.
It's a little amazing to think about just how impressive of a young football player the 23-year-old McCoy is. He embodies everything that Philadelphia fans want to see in an athlete. He gives his all on the football field and has tremendous success on top of that. He doesn't say anything stupid or egotistical to the media. Now, he is a guy that is giving back to the community. McCoy is the kind of player that I would idolize if I was a little kid. As it is, he's one of the few players whose jersey I would spend good money on to own. I hope everyone in the city appreciates everything they are getting with a player like him. Fortunately, the Eagles seem to appreciate everything as well and we will have him around for a long time.
Mark Paul is a Philadelphia resident and lifelong Eagles fan.
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