Philadelphia Eagles: LeSean McCoy Says He'd Embrace Osi Umenyiora as a Teammate
To the chagrin of the fans, LeSean McCoy says his feud with Osi Umenyiora is over. And so when Bleacher Report caught up with McCoy this morning to discuss his season thus far with the Philadelphia Eagles, as well as McCoy's involvement in breast cancer awareness month, we tossed out a hypothetical that involved Umenyiora—an impending free agent—landing in Philadelphia next season.
McCoy addressed that, while also touching on his shiny new contract, the difference between fantasy success and real-world success and his role as an ambassador for the DICK'S Sporting Goods "Sport Your Support" campaign—one that has him going pinker than usual this October with his aunt, Christina McCoy, being diagnosed with breast cancer earlier in the year.
Bleacher Report: Tough loss to the Steelers in Week 5. You're from Harrisburg, which is between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Which team did you support growing up?
LeSean McCoy: I was kind of in the middle. I liked so many Eagle players, and [there were] so many Steeler nuts in Harrisburg. So I was kind of in the middle of everything. I would say I was a Steelers-Eagles fan.
B/R: You're getting a lot of praise for a gutty effort and a lot of first-down pickups against the Steelers. But your final numbers didn't stand out. Is it frustrating hearing from fantasy football people who obsess over that final touchdown or yardage total?
LM: Fantasy football is all for the fans. It's all for excitement. You've got real-life football. We watch tape and we analyze the game and things like that, so that's what really matters. I think wins count, and also your production in the game. But sometimes it might not be a 90-yard touchdown, it might be a block that gives the quarterback some extra time to throw a pass 80 yards for a touchdown. So small things matter more in real football than in fantasy football.
B/R: Scoring's something that leads to wins, though. You led the league with 20 touchdowns last season but have scored only twice this year. Are you frustrated that you're not getting into the end zone?
LM: Right now we're 3-2. We're striving for perfection. I think this week we need a big win to go into the bye week 4-2, and that's what really matters the most. I'm not really frustrated I'm not [getting into] the end zone. I think any player wants to get in the end zone a lot, but...gotta keep fighting, keep playing hard and getting better each week.
B/R: You have a long career ahead of you and Osi Umenyiora is expected to hit the open market in the near future. Hypothetically, if Umenyiora were to join the Eagles next year, how would you feel about that?
LM: We have one goal, and that's to win a championship. I think the individual disagreement we had with each other goes out the window. I think we have one goal, to win a Super Bowl, and I would embrace him with open arms to the Philadelphia Eagles and we'd play together.
B/R: So you guys are cool now?
LM: Yup, we're cool now. You know how things were. He's a Giant and I'm an Eagle still, but there's no extra drama and no Osi-McCoy beef anymore.
B/R: I know most players say they avoid reading about themselves, but I'm always curious to know if guys ever look themselves up, whether it be on Pro Football Focus or Football Outsiders or in the newspapers. Do you ever read about yourself, or do you avoid that noise?
LM: No, I don't really entertain the type of media and the stats, accolades for different players and myself. I don't get into that. You know what I'll do? Every, like, six games I'll see where I'm at on the rushing charts, where I'm compared with other backs. I'll do that sometimes, just to keep me motivated.
B/R: You signed a big contract in the offseason. I know you had already been making a solid salary from your rookie contract, but this was a significant boost. What did you do with that first paycheck?
LM: I didn't do too much with it. Just paid some old bills. I didn't really spend too much. I plan on it this offseason, though. I plan on buying everything. [Laughs]
B/R: Anything specific in mind?
LM: No, I'm just messing around. I'm more laid back, easygoing. Just going to save it up.
B/R: That's always a good strategy. I don't know if you saw "Broke" on ESPN last week, but obviously a lot of these guys run out of their money later in their lives.
LM: Yeah, I saw that 30 for 30 and it makes you think otherwise about buying a lot of things.
B/R: You're an ambassador for the DICK'S Sporting Goods breast cancer awareness campaign and their "Endless Ribbon" Facebook initiative. Obviously breast cancer has affected many of us. How has it affected your life?
LM: I was affected by it, and that's why I was so moved and urged to get involved. My aunt, about six, seven months ago, was diagnosed with it. She's doing better. [I'm] supporting her and trying to do everything in my power to help her out. It's a great thing that the NFL teamed up with DICK'S Sporting Goods and we're wearing all the pink gear, kind of making people more aware of breast cancer. ... I think a lot of people are seeing it on TV, watching the NFL, which is a big business, and a lot of guys are wearing the pink gear and actually knowing what it stands for. So far [we're] doing pretty well.
B/R: Have you talked to your aunt about what you're doing?
LM: We talk about it. I think any time people can go out and talk about it, make people more aware of it, and fight to find a cure for it, it's something big. She means a lot to me and she knows how deeply I feel about this.
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