Shady Strides Closer to Eagles Rushing Record

Lost in the hoopla of the Eagles dominant Sunday night shutout win against the Giants was LeSean McCoy climbing a special ranking in Philadelphia history

Seeing LeSean McCoy surge through the middle, speed around the edges, and twist between linemen for 149 yards on Sunday night was more a relief to Eagles fans than a performance to cheer. McCoy hadn't shown these flashes of running brilliance much this season, and the shutout win was near-vintage reminder of the danger 'Shady' brings to the table.

When McCoy had reached yard 115 of his Sunday night total, barely any viewers realized it (myself included), but the Eagles' superstar had reached a new milestone.

At that point, McCoy had passed Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren for third-most rushing yards in Eagles team history. Van Buren's 5860 yards stood as a franchise record for over three decades before Wilbert Montgomery passed it in 1984.

Speaking of Montgomery, the all-time team record holder with 6538 yards, McCoy's not too far away from making that mark all his.

Coming into 2014, McCoy, with 5473 rushing yards over five seasons, was 1066 yards away from breaking Montgomery's franchise mark. This seemed easy, given that McCoy was just coming off leading the league with 1607 yards the prior year. The slow start dashed chatter of McCoy's running prowess, but it appears he could be on a dominant track once more.

McCoy now sits 644 yards away from passing Montgomery, as well as 101 yards away from climbing into second all-time in Eagles history for rushing yards.


1. Wilbert Montgomery: 6538 (1977-84)

2. Brian Westbrook: 5995 (2002-09)

3. LeSean McCoy: 5895 (2009- )

4. Steve Van Buren: 5860 (1944-51)

5. Duce Staley: 4807 (1997-2003)

A few 100-yard games here and there (Eagles fans will be spoiled for them after seeing McCoy's return to form), and Philadelphia will likely be celebrating a tremendous milestone before season's end.

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