Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy made some comments on ESPN that caught the sports world off guard. He argued his case for being called the best running back in the league, a title which most people bestow upon Minnesota Vikings back Adrian Peterson.
“My brother always rips me all the time, trying to make me play harder. I say, ‘I’m the best,’ and he’ll say, ‘Did Adrian Peterson retire?’ I look at the last three years and everything. I think AP has been the best back for so long, and he’s been doing it for so long, that’s why he automatically gets the best running back [title],” McCoy said on ESPN. “But the last three years? I’ve been All-Pro, first-team, twice. I never leave the field. I block. I catch. I never leave the field. I don’t have anybody do my job; I do it myself. Tons of credit goes out to Adrian Peterson. I’m a big fan of his, for sure. But I feel I’m the best.”
So of course Peterson would be asked about it, namely since he was mentioned by McCoy, and sure enough in an interview he was.
“I definitely started laughing,” Peterson said on FOX Sports Radio. “It was funny because when Stephen [A. Smith] asked him the question, you know, he kind of hesitated. If you watched it, you know he didn’t believe it when he said it. So I’ve got to tell the youngsters, ‘Next time, say it with your chest, man. Say it like you mean it!”
Peterson also said that he didn’t think McCoy meant it when he said it.
“He didn’t really mean it,” Peterson said. “If you watched – if you’ve seen his response – he didn’t really mean it. . . . But, you know, I’ve got to give the young guy credit, you know. There’s nothing wrong with having confidence in yourself.”