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Adrian Peterson is often labeled as the NFL's best running back, but the Eagles' LeSean McCoy said Monday he believes he deserves the nod instead of the Vikings star.
McCoy made his comments on ESPN's "First Take" when asked whether he believed he was the league's top back. He replied, "Yes, sir" and then expanded on why he feels that's the case.
"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.
"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."
McCoy led the league in rushing last season with a career-best 1,607 yards, and he was first in rushing touchdowns in 2011 with 17. Peterson rushed for 1,266 yards last season but led the NFL in 2012 with 2,097 yards when he made a run at Eric Dickerson's league record of 2,105 despite suffering a devastating knee injury at the end of the 2011 season.