Former Pitt running back Lesean McCoy wins NFL Rushing Title

Jason Bridge-US PRESSWIRE

On the field, Pitt hasn't had a ton of success the past few seasons. But the program has still churned out NFL stars and this year, Lesean McCoy was the biggest among running backs.

The former Panther led the NFL in rushing with 1,607 yards. Shady didn't just have a good year, he had a great one.

McCoy not only won the rushing title but no one else even came close as there wasn't another back with even 1,400 yards and he won the title by nearly 300 yards. The former Pitt star also set a new franchise record with the Philadelphia Eagles in the process, breaking Wilbert Montgomery's mark set more than 30 years ago.

Shady continues to also be one of the league's top receivers as a running back. When you add his 539 yards off of 52 catches this year, he had a total of more than 2,100 yards total.

Even more astonishing was that he achieved the feat with a a number of 'dog' games. 20 carries for 46 yards against the Giants. 18 carries for 55 yards against the Cowboys. 15 carries for 48 yards in his second game against the Giants. McCoy had six games where he had less than 55 yards. Had he performed even moderately in those games, he could have challenged for 2,000 yards.

The amazing thing is that McCoy is still only 25. He's likely got a few more seasons of being in his prime or close to it and can easily play another five years and will have a chance to play even longer if he stays healthy. We all know the shelf life isn't long for running backs but McCoy should have several more years ahead of him.

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