Former Pitt star and current Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy reached 10,000 career rushing yards in his team’s 24-16 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon.
McCoy is just the 30th player in NFL history to reach the milestone, and he joins an impressive list that includes fellow Pitt products Tony Dorsett and Curtis Martin. With his 50-yard rushing performance Sunday, McCoy now has 10,011 career rushing yards, placing him ahead of Ricky Williams at 29th on the list of the league’s career leaders in the category.
Shady came into Sunday’s game with 9,961 career rushing yards, and he got to work right away. In the opening drive of the game, he rushed for nine yards and reeled in a catch for 12 yards. And four of his nine yards on the ground came on a touchdown run that gave the Bills an early 7-0 lead.
McCoy was able to get going a bit more in the second quarter, as he followed up a 13-yard run with a 14-yard run in the Bills’ fourth drive of the game. That 14-yard run set his team up with a fresh set of downs just outside the red zone. It also put Shady at 10,007 yards for his career.
Unfortunately, he was injured on the play and had to briefly come out of the game. But he would only miss one play before returning to the field, and shortly after that, he caught a 16-yard pass from quarterback Tyrod Taylor for his second touchdown of the game, extending the Bills’ lead to 14-6.
McCoy finished with 50 rushing yards and a touchdown on 20 carries, adding 46 yards and another score through the air. While his average of 2.5 yards per carry wasn’t ideal, it’s a departure from the norm for McCoy, who has averaged 4.1 yards per carry this year and rushed for over 1,000 yards in a season for the sixth time in his career.
At 29 years old, McCoy should still have plenty of time to add to his list of achievements, and he’s already focused on his next milestone.
"There's not a lot of people that haven't [been inducted into the Hall of Fame] with 12,000 yards," McCoy said, per Mike Rodak of ESPN. "That's something I'm shooting for."
As for his team, the Bills improved to 8-6 and solidified themselves as the sixth seed in the AFC after Sunday’s action. They haven’t made an appearance in the playoffs since Jan. 8, 2000, but they could put an end to that streak this season. However, they have a tough path ahead of them, as they’ll face the Patriots and Dolphins on the road to close out their schedule.