For quite some time now there’s been little debate about who the NFL‘s best running back is. Adrian Peterson holds the title, and deservedly so. But now LeSean McCoy thinks that he not only belongs in the conversation, but that it should begin with him:
“My brother always rips me all the time, trying to make me play harder. I say, ‘I’m the best,’ and he’ll say, ‘Did Adrian Peterson retire?’ I look at the last three years and everything. I think A.P. 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.”
“But the last three years? I’ve been All-Pro, first-team, twice. I never leave the field. I block. I catch. I never leave the field. I don’t have anybody do my job; I do it myself. Tons of credit goes out to Adrian Peterson. I’m a big fan of his, for sure. But I feel I’m the best.”
There’s no denying that McCoy had a better season than AP in 2013 (1,607 rushing yards vs. 1,266). He played in all 16 games. Peterson did not. McCoy helped lead his team to the playoffs. AP did not.
But overall, are NFL fans really ready to crown McCoy as the league’s best? I doubt it.
However, if 2014 plays out similar to the way 2013 did, then a real conversation could begin. McCoy is going on 26, while Peterson is set to turn 30 after the upcoming season.
It’ll be interesting to see if AP responds to see these comments, and if he responds by putting up another 2,000 yards rushing like he did in 2012. Either way, at least McCoy’s comments were made in a respectful manner.