The Rush: LeSean McCoy on Hall of Fame candidates, the best NFL fans and social justice issues

Two-time Super Bowl winner LeSean McCoy joins The Rush to talk about teaming up with Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady and playing in front of the NFL’s wildest fans. He also debates the worthiness of Hall of Fame candidates and speaks out on recent social justice issues.

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JARED QUAY: Julian Edelman has just retired after having a great career.

LESEAN MCCOY: I seen that.

JARED QUAY: And Twitter has been basically buzzing whether or not he's a Hall of Famer. I mean, his regular season numbers, not so much. But his post--

LESEAN MCCOY: Hall of Famer?

JARED QUAY: Hall of Famer, 'cause his postseason numbers.

LESEAN MCCOY: Nah, come on, man. Come on.

JARED QUAY: What's up, everybody? I'm here with All-Pro and two-time Super Bowl champ LeSean McCoy. Shady, how you doing, brother.

LESEAN MCCOY: I'm good. I like the introduction. I like that, man.

JARED QUAY: I mean, it's deserved. You just one Super Bowls back to back, man. How does that feel? Are we going for three-peat?

LESEAN MCCOY: I been thinking about it. It's a close push. You know, I'm just-- I'm waiting right now to get the right opportunity. But I have been in some talks with some teams. And the only people I'm really taking seriously is the guys that's contenders.

JARED QUAY: Tell 'em you their good luck charm. Tell him where you go, they win 'ships.

LESEAN MCCOY: I'm the rabbit foot. I'm trying to tell 'em.

JARED QUAY: You don't get too many people that win it from different teams. So which Super Bowl parade was more crazier, Tampa's our Kansas City's?

LESEAN MCCOY: I think for sure Tampa's-- one, because of the weather. And then we actually did it on the boats. And there was a lot of drinking and a lot of fun stuff going on.

JARED QUAY: You've been a skilled running back for so many different years and so many different quarterbacks. But you also were a running back for two of the GOATs. You got the young GOAT Mahomes and the older GOAT, Tom Brady.

LESEAN MCCOY: Mahomes is on his way. I think with Brady, man, he just is a proven winner. He's a real leader, true guy that you always follow. I always tell people that, man. He's the only player I've played with that anything he says, you believe. And you can see it, from the way he just goes to a team that's not winning, and they win. He brings that pedigree, that winning pedigree.

And then you got a young dude like Mahomes who's always on the flashes of being a great competitor. People don't know this. But he's only been starting for a couple of years. You know what I mean?

That's real scary. He'll be back in the Super Bowl again next year. He'll keep going. And he'll have a push to get Brady. Super-talented, very smart man, and he has Andy Reid. And they're putting a thing together.

JARED QUAY: Also from you, your standpoint, you played with arguably two of the craziest fan bases in the NFL-- the Buffalo Bills and the Philadelphia Eagles. And so who wins the tailgating championship between those fan bases.

LESEAN MCCOY: That's hard, man. It really is. I think that the Buffalo fans, they'll support you when you're doing good and doing bad. They do a lot of crazy activities before the game, the night before the game, during the game. So that's tough.

And then Philadelphia, I kind of like that the love they share is personal. Like hey, man, you're losing by 30. It's 30 to 0. We're losing. Like, we're pissed. We're booing. You know, and they're real passionate fans. So I love Philadelphia fans.

JARED QUAY: Can you help me with the headlines? I'm gonna tell you some cool stories that happened. And you give me your opinion on 'em, all right?

LESEAN MCCOY: All right.

- Helping with Headlines!

JARED QUAY: So in North Texas, a softball pitcher tossed a perfect game, striking out all 21 batters, which is utter domination. So my question to you is, what's been your best game?

LESEAN MCCOY: My best game was probably in high school. The game before for the championship game, I scored like 8 touchdowns, for like 5-something yards. We won the game, took the championship. So that's my best game of all time.

JARED QUAY: Julian Edelman has just retired after having a great career.

LESEAN MCCOY: I seen that.

JARED QUAY: And Twitter has been basically buzzing whether or not he's a Hall of Famer. I mean, his regular season numbers, not so much. But his post--

LESEAN MCCOY: Hall of Famer?

JARED QUAY: Hall of Famer, 'cause his postseason numbers.

LESEAN MCCOY: Nah, come on, man. I mean, I think that you have 16 weeks to showcase who you are, what you can do each year. You know, I think the playoffs matter. But there's a lot of guys that don't get a chance to play in the playoffs.

And I've played with some of them guys. And I won't discredit anything from him, 'cause I think he's a great player. He plays with a lot of heart, a lot of attitude, a lot of passion. So I don't want to knock on his parade 'cause he's retiring. He's a hell of a player. I don't know about the Hall of Fame.

JARED QUAY: Like, just talk about your resume, man. You're a two-time All-Pro, two-time Super Bowl champ, six 1,000-yard seasons, and 89 total touchdowns. I think I got a good shot at it. I think that I put my numbers up with any other running backs.

LESEAN MCCOY: You know, in my decade, I was the lead dog. I think I got good numbers from touchdowns to yards, you name it, yards per carry, all them type of things. But then you add on two Super Bowls with it. So you never know. We'll see.

JARED QUAY: And some of the best touchdown dances in the game. That's back when touchdown dancing was still relatively new. You was out there hitting them shimmies and whatnot.

LESEAN MCCOY: Right, right, right. Hey, let alone, I ain't gonna talk about the style and the swag. That's a whole 'nother story.

JARED QUAY: And the last headline is a little bit more serious note, man. But we have to talk about it 'cause it is in the media right now. All the Minnesota teams canceled their game on Monday after another killing of an unarmed Black man. And after everything that went down in 2020, is it kind of crazy that we're kind of back in the same spot again? Well,

LESEAN MCCOY: I mean, I think just over and over again we just gotta keep bringing awareness. Hopefully these people will start taking some type of accountability. And hopefully it happens. I mean, I know one thing about it, man. Myself, and I know a lot of my teammates, my different friends-- we're gonna keep preaching. You know, and hopefully it gets somewhere.

But the thing is, we can't stop. Obviously we can't stop if they're still doing it. And hopefully we'll find a solution, man.

JARED QUAY: Even more so, it's just a lot of athletes are not longer just sitting back. It's actually using their voice to create change. And so how do you feel about just athletes, and yourself included, to use your platform to be able to make it bigger than just entertaining you on Sundays and whatnot.

LESEAN MCCOY: I love it. I seriously do. Because I mean, when I came in the league, players wasn't doing that. You know, maybe the top player was making all the money. He may speak, the quarterback, here and there. In that time, there wasn't a lot of black quarterbacks.

So now a lot of the players, that are Black. They're speaking their mind. Hey, man, this is not right. Yeah, I'm not gonna just dribble and play, and shut up. I'm not gonna do that. I'm gonna talk about it.

And now, you make light to it, awareness to it. Now, that conversation is not just between two Blacks. Now it's a white teammate. Now it's a white coach. Now the owners is getting involved. Now the NFL is making slogans. So I love it.

JARED QUAY: Yeah, man. That's amazing, man. Keep using your platform to do good, man. I just want to say thank you, man, for coming on here and Rushing with me man. And wherever it is that you play next season, man, let's go get another ring, man. Let's go get another--


JARED QUAY: Let's get another-- let's catch Brady.

LESEAN MCCOY: Three for three, why not?