Can we get one thing straight…I want to see a Super Bowl Victory as much if not more than anyone. I have been to almost every Eagles home game since 1979. I have seen great players and teams, and some of the worst football ever played or coached. From Dick Vermeil, to Andy Reid and everything in between. With that said I can’t figure out one thing, Why is there still so much hate for Donovan McNabb?
Since the time he was drafted 2nd overall, and the pick was infamously booed, there has been a stigma attached to him that he has never been able to shake. Now I will admit that he hasn’t exactly been willing to let it completely go, but his play on the field over the years should have been more than enough to endear him to Eagles fans. For a city that was desperate for a winner at the time, Donovan rose out of the abyss that was the ‘99 Draft and became the best QB in franchise history. For most of his time here he was surrounded by less than average wide receivers (And that is about as nice as I can be). When he was given the talent around him, they went 13-3 and headed to Jacksonville for the Super Bowl. He carried this team on his back, had 23 4th quarter drives for wins. In the 5 year stretch from 2000-2004 he was 54-19 as a starter with 4 Division Titles and 7 playoff wins. Just for comparison, Ricky Williams in that same stretch had 2 positive drug tests, 1 trade, and a voluntary retirement from football to “find himself”. BOOOOOOOOO.
Now the announcement comes that he will retire as an Eagle, and will most likely have his number retired. This seems to have rekindled the furor over Donovan’s worthiness for such an honor. If we discount the championship part of the argument, since NO Eagle in 53 years has that on their resume, Donnie Mac certainly deserves to have his number retired alongside that of Brian Dawkins, Reggie White and Jerome Brown from the Super Bowl Era. His stats alone put him at the top of the class. And while we all look at the playoff losses to Tampa, Carolina, Arizona and the New England (Cheaters) Patriots, it goes unmentioned how many playoff wins were needed to get into those big games. Apparently, playoff games are only big games if you lose them.
He has been picked apart by some media in this town, and then in turn by fans, for his personality. Playing air guitar, smiling after bad plays, his parents involvement in some issues. If you just look at his accomplishments on the field, as it pertains to the Philadelphia Eagles, then Donovan is more than deserving of having his #5 retired.
I have grown up with this team, suffered through many Sundays when I knew they didn’t have a chance of winning. I still have not seen a Championship, but I am willing to give credit and praise to those who deserve it for their play on the field. When you look at this era of Eagles football there are only 2 names that stand out above all others for their play on the field. Donovan McNabb and Brian Dawkins. They both deserve to be honored for what they gave to us on the field. One has already had his day. It’s time for the other to have his. Can we finally give Donovan McNabb the respect he deserves for his play on the field?Tags: Andy Reid, Brian Dawkins, Donovan McNabb, Eagles, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles, Retirement