Videos of Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy seem to be popping up on YouTube more and more frequently, which isn’t always a good thing…but in McCoy’s case it’s not entirely negative. First, there was the video of his interview with SportsCenter that was supposed to be about his status as a finalist for the Madden 13 cover. However, he decided to take that opportunity to guarantee the “Dream Team” will win the championship next year. Now, there’s another video of McCoy, but this time he is appearing in a music video that is promoting his hometown of Harrisburg, PA. The music video is entitled “I Am Harrisburg” and can be found below. The video is filmed in and around Harrisburg and includes mentions of everything from past and current city mayor’s to popular local potato chips.
McCoy’s fondness for his hometown is no secret. While in college at the University of Pittsburgh, he wore “717” on his eye black during games to promote the area code of Harrisburg. He is also still incredibly involved in the community, giving away turkeys for Thanksgiving, among other charitable efforts. His appearance in the video is not charity in the formal sense, but it seems to be his attempt to bring legitimacy to the video and to help to start turning things around for a city that is in a downward spiral. Overwhelming debt and crime have been taking over the city as of late, and that is not something anyone wants to see. Harrisburg’s debt crisis has been national news, and they recently were ranked 20th in the entire country for violent crime, ahead of huge metropolitan areas like Baltimore, MD. McCoy just so happens to be in a position to perhaps do something to start to move things in the right direction. I’m not entirely sold that appearing in a music video is the answer, however.
It’s possible that I may be giving McCoy too much credit and he may simply have thought it would be fun to appear in the video. One thing that is for certain, however, is that as long as McCoy keeps Youtube exposure to music videos and ESPN interviews, the Eagles organization will be happy.
The incredibly talented running back is looking to build off of a Pro Bowl 2011 season which saw him break the Eagles franchise record (and lead the NFL) for rushing touchdowns (17) and overall touchdowns (20). Both records had been held by Hall of Famer Steve van Buren since 1945.