LeSean McCoy: Pain, loss and love

McCoy speaks of his hardships throughout his life and factors that have made him who he is today.

LeSean McCoy has been through love, loss and pain during his sports career which is a side of him people know little about. His performances for the Philadelphia Eagles are not to be missed but everything he has been through has contributed to his success on and off the field.

Early on in his career he suffered an injury that left him depressed and doubting his ability. He fractured his ankle and teams started to avoid recruiting him. He felt as if he had lost his identity and was very lonely at the time. He knew he had to rebuild his career one step at a time.

In an attempt to rebuild his career he moved to a prep school, five hours away from home, in New York. He wasn’t happy or confident instead he felt anger, bitterness and a hatred for everyone. He cried himself to sleep each night until one man noticed him on the sidelines. Dave Wannstedt, head coach of the Pittsburgh Panthers from 2005 to 2010, decided to help McCoy regain his sense of identity.

In 2007, McCoy’s success was thriving and he even set a whole new touchdown record twice before being picked for 2009 NFL draft as the 53rd pick. He was named the starting running back of the Philadelphia Eagles but behind the scenes his personal life was in turmoil.

His Grandmother was diagnosed with ALS and this proved to be McCoy’s toughest battle yet. She was his greatest support and best friend, unfortunately she died at the age of 67 in September 2010.

In 2013 McCoy found himself caught up in twitter feuds with the mother of his son and deleted his account as a result of it. He has since matured and does not want to create drama in public for the sake of his son.

He is a changed man now and he shares custody of his son who he takes care of five days a week. Despite being one of the best running backs he has put everything into perspective and his son comes first no matter what. He wants people to know him for more than his football and one day his son will be able to hear and read about his father.

Reference: http://sporteology.com

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