Theres a hallway on the first floor of the NovaCare Complex that connects the auditorium and cafeteria area with the players locker room and weight room.
Lining the walls of the hallway are elegantly framed photos.
Reggie White. Randall Cunningham. Brian Westbrook. Mike Quick. Tommy McDonald.
Every Pro Bowl player in Eagles history.
I want my picture up there in that hallway, McCoy said. I want people to see my picture when they walk to practice.
Considering his record-setting season, it should be a mere formality that next Tuesday McCoy will join those other Eagle greats when the AFC and NFC Pro Bowl teams are announced.
You never know with these thingsClyde Simmons once had 15 12 sacks in a season and didnt go to the Pro Bowlbut McCoy appears to be a lock to make his first Pro Bowl team.
Its the highest honor you can get, McCoy said. It would mean a lot. Not just for me but for my offensive line, too. Shows the type of guys I have around me, because I cant do this stuff by myself.
The first thing, when a player comes into this league, he wants to be one of those franchise guys. He wants to be a Pro Bowler, an all-star, all those things, and that was one of my goals when I came into the league.
Last year, his first as a full-time starter, McCoy rushed for 1,080 yards, caught 78 passes for 592 yards, scored nine touchdowns and led the NFC with 1,579 yards from scrimmage. And still he was bypassed in the Pro Bowl voting in favor of Steven Jackson, Adrian Peterson and Michael Turner.
McCoy in 2010 became only the fourth player in NFL history with 1,000 rushing yards and 75 catches to not make a Pro Bowl, along with Ted Brown of the Vikings in 1981, LaDainian Tomlinson of the Chargers in 2003 and McCoys friend and former teammate, Brian Westbrook, in 2006.
I thought last year that I could find a way to get to the Pro Bowl and this off-season that kicked at me so much, he said. I worked hard and I thought I deserved to go to the Pro Bowl and obviously it wasnt good enough, so I told myself this year coming up, Im going to leave no doubts. I want LeSean McCoy to for sure be a Pro Bowler, and that motivated me every day. Dont leave any doubt.
Hes done just that.
McCoy has been no less than brilliant this year.
Not only does McCoy lead the NFC with 1,274 rushing yards145 more than Turner but he also has 17 rushing touchdowns, six more than anybody else in the NFC (Marshawn Lynch and Adrian Peterson have 11), and his 20 total touchdowns are eight more than any other NFC player (Lynch has 12).
McCoys 4.9 rushing average is also tied for best in the NFL among backs with 200 or more carries (Matt Forte is also at 4.9), and his 47 receptions are third-most by an NFC tailback.
With six 100-yard games, McCoy is tied for the NFL lead (with Willis McGahee, Fred Jackson and Arian Foster). Hes run for 82 first downs, and nobody is within 19 of that (Peterson has 63). He also leads the NFL in 20-yard runs (14) and 40-yard runs (four).
Maurice Jones-Drew and McCoy rank 1-2 in the NFL in rushing yards, Jones-Drew with 1,334 and McCoy 60 yards back with two games to go.
McCoy is already only the fourth player in NFL history with 1,200 rushing yards, 20 touchdowns and 40 receptions in a season, along with Emmitt Smith, Priest Holmes and LaDainian Tomlinson.
If the rushing stats dont get McCoy to Hawaii, the touchdowns will. Twenty-seven players have scored 20 touchdowns in a season. Only oneJohn Riggins in 1983has failed to make the Pro Bowl.
The Pro Bowl team is picked by fans, coaches and players, whose vote each counts one-third of the final total. The 2012 Pro Bowl is scheduled for Jan. 29 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.
Last year, everything happened so fast, McCoy said. This year, I felt like I was ready. Just my preparation this year, I wanted to be one of those guys, when you talk about the best backs, its obvious youre going to talk about AP (Peterson), (Arian) Foster, Chris Johnson, Jones-Drew.
Training during the offseason, I wanted to be one of those guys. I think thats the biggest difference from this year and last yearthe confidence level. When I step on the field now, I feel like Im one of those guys (opponents) are worried about.
Wheres DeSean Jackson? Wheres Mike Vick? Wheres LeSean McCoy? I want to be one of those guys. The whole offseason, thats what I put in my mind. I dont want to just be another guy on the field. I want to be a guy who has that confidence that those guys know, Im ready to play.
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