Ever since Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman announced his retirement, people have been debating his Hall of Fame potential. For anyone who hasn’t been paying attention to the discussion, it’s been brutal.
Longtime NFL running back LeSean McCoy was blunt when Jared Quay of Yahoo Sports asked him whether Edelman is Hall of Fame material.
“Hall of Fame? No, come on, man,” McCoy replied. “You have 16 weeks to showcase who you are, what you can do each year. The playoffs matter, but a lot of guys don’t get a chance to play in the playoffs.
“I won’t discredit him because I think he’s a great player, plays with a lot of heart, a lot of attitude, a lot of passion. I don’t want to rain on his parade because he’s retiring and he’s a hell of a player, but I don’t know about Hall of Fame.”
McCoy better hope playoff stats aren’t heavily weighed. The man is a back-to-back Super Bowl champion, but he has only 326 total career yards and one score in the postseason. Of course playoff performances don’t sit high on his life of Hall of Fame qualifications.
Speaking of which, McCoy certainly thinks he deserves it.
“I think I’ve got a good shot at it,” McCoy said, via PFT. “I put my numbers up with any other running backs. In my decade I was the lead dog. I’ve got good numbers, touchdowns, yards, yards per carry, all those things. And you add two Super Bowls with it.”
That last line is a doozy. I guess that’s exactly what the man was going for to close out his career. Unlike a lot of people, he picked the right squad to carry him to a ring — twice. Good for him, but his opinion on Edelman’s Hall of Fame case shouldn’t hold much weight.
Granted, neither should mine. I don’t personally believe the longtime Patriot is a Hall of Fame guy, but no one cares what I think. If I had to guess, people probably put McCoy’s opinion on the matter only a peg above mine.
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