Is LeSean McCoy this generation’s Barry Sanders? The Philadelphia Eagles runner is easily the 2nd best running back in the NFC, and probably the NFL. Bob Costas of NBC had an exclusive with McCoy that aired during Sunday Night Football. The topic of Barry Sanders came up.
On if he grew up a Steelers or Eagles fan having grown up in Pennsylvania: “Not really, just a fan of the game. I was a huge fan of Barry Sanders.”
On comparisons to Barry Sanders: “I’m confident in my game, but watching Barry for so long, the comparison’s crazy. He’s done so many amazing things with those type of runs that there’s even times before the game when I’ll watch some clips to just try and take some different things he did. You really can’t compare us. I’m nowhere near Barry Sanders, and I’m fine to say that.”
On playing for a long time given that he is only 25: “I want to. That’s kind of the reason why maybe I’m so elusive and don’t take those extra shots because I have dreams to play a long time. I think in this game, half the battle is just being healthy.”
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