Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy makes history for Pennsylvania high school football team

LeSean McCoy

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy became the 30th NFL running back to top 10,000 rushing yards in his career on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.  In the process, McCoy also put his high school alma mater Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) in the spotlight.

McCoy and Ricky Watters are now the only two members of the 10,000 yard club from the same high school.  Both players have had their high school numbers retired. McCoy wore No. 20 and Watters wore No. 12 as the Crusaders’ quarterback.

During his four-year career with the Crusaders, McCoy ran for 6,654 yards, but the total would have been higher if he hadn’t suffered a gruesome ankle injury in the fourth game of his senior season.

McCoy received props on Twitter today from Watters after he passed 10,000.

Below you’ll find all 30 members of the 10,000 yard club with the high schools they attended.

NFL 10,000 Yard Rushers

  1. Emmitt Smith – 18,355 yards – Escambia (Florida)
  2. Walter Payton – 16,726 yards – Columba (Mississippi)
  3. Barry Sanders – 15,269 yards – Wichita North (Kansas)
  4. Curtis Martin – 14,101 yards – Allderdice (Pennsylvania)
  5. * Frank Gore – 13,858 – Coral Gables (Florida)
  6. LaDainian Tomlinson – 13,684 yards – Waco University (Texas)
  7. Jerome Bettis – 13,662 yards – Mackenzie (Michigan)
  8. Eric Dickerson – 13,259 yards – Sealy (Texas)
  9. Tony Dorsett – 12,739 yards – Hopewell (Pennsylvania)
  10. Jim Brown – 12,312 yards – Manhasset (New York)
  11. Marshall Faulk – 12,279 yards – Carver (Louisiana)
  12. * Adrian Peterson – 12,276 yards – Palestine (Texas)
  13. Edgerrin James – 12,246 yards – Immokalee (Florida)
  14. Marcus Allen – 12,243 yards – Lincoln (San Diego, California)
  15. Franco Harris -l 12,120 yards – Rancocas Valley (New Jersey)
  16. Thurman Thomas – 12,074 yards – Willowridge (Texas)
  17. Fred Taylor – 11,695 yards – Glades Central (Florida)
  18. Steven Jackson – 11,438 yards – Eldorado (Nevada)
  19. John Riggins – 11,352 – Centralia (Kansas)
  20. Corey Dillon – 11,241 yards – Franklin (Washington)
  21. O.J. Simpson – 11,236 yards – Galileo (California)
  22. Warrick Dunn – 10,967 – Catholic (Louisiana)
  23. Ricky Watters – 10,643 yards – Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)
  24. Jamal Lewis – 10,607 yards – Douglass (Georgia)
  25. Thomas Jones – 10,591 yards – Powell Valley (Virginia)
  26. Tiki Barber – 10,449 yards – Cave Spring (Virginia)
  27. Eddie George – 10,441 yards – Fork Union Military (Virginia)
  28. Ottis Anderson – 10,273 yards – Forest Hill (Florida)
  29. Ricky Williams – 10,009 yards – Patrick Henry (California)
  30. LeSean McCoy – * 10,??? – Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)

*doesn’t include today’s stats

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