Is Donovan McNabb a Hall of Fame Quarterback?

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Is Donovan McNabb a Hall of Fame Quarterback?
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Donovan McNabb hasn't played in the National Football League since 2011, but after 13 NFL seasons, the six-time Pro Bowler still hadn't "officially" hung them up.

Until now, that is.

With the recent announcement that McNabb will call it quits, the discussion now turns to whether or not his career accomplishments are worthy of consideration for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

McNabb told ESPN Radio in Syracuse (via ESPN.com) that he will retire this fall as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. "I will retire as an Eagle and I look forward to that opportunity and that day," he said.

The Eagles did not confirm or deny that McNabb will end his career with the club, but according to the report, the ceremony will likely occur when former coach Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs visit Philadelphia in Week 3.

McNabb's departure from Philadelphia in 2010 was a fairly acrimonious one, but it makes sense for him to retire as a member of the Eagles.

After all, it's where McNabb had all of his NFL success. He holds the franchise records for completions, passing yards and touchdown passes. He led the Eagles to five NFC Championship games and an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIX.

Not bad for a player who was roundly booed after the Eagles selected him with the second overall pick in the 1999 draft.

However, as good as those numbers might be, do they really merit a bust in Canton?

McNabb, for his part, seems to think so. Granted, the 36-year-old has backed off a bit from last year's crowing that "I would vote for myself for the Hall of Fame,” but according to Nate Mink of Syracuse.com, McNabb's comments in the ESPN interview still indicate a man who feels he's HOF-worthy.

Now that I'm not playing, you look at my numbers, yes my numbers speak for themselves, but none of that would've been able to happen if I didn't play with a great group of guys around me.

If I'm rewarded by getting in the Hall of Fame, hey that's great. But to me it's like graduation. You step across the stage and say you know what, I made it, and I'm happy for it.

If there's one thing that Donovan McNabb has going for him, it's the position he played. Much like with postseason awards, Hall of Fame voters love them some quarterbacks. It's the most glamorous position in the NFL.

However, when you start to compare McNabb's career numbers against those of his contemporaries, his case for enshrinement loses steam pretty quickly.

Yes, Mcnabb was named to half a dozen Pro Bowls. With that said, though, McNabb only ranked among the top three NFL quarterbacks in touchdown passes in one season. He never did so in passing yardage.

McNabb's numbers don't fare a whole lot better when compared to the last four passers who were inducted into Canton.

 

Years

Comp.

Att.

Yards

TD

INT

Rating

PB

SBW

McNabb

13

3.170

5,174

37,276

234

117

85.6

6

0

Aikman

12

2,898

4,715

32,942

165

141

81.6

6

3

Young

15

2,667

4,149

33,124

232

107

96.8

7

3

Moon

17

3,988

6,823

49,325

291

233

80.9

9

0

Marino

17

4,967

8,358

61,361

420

252

86.4

9

0

Despite playing in an era where teams threw more, and on a pass-heavy offense with the Eagles, McNabb's career stats pale next to those of Warren Moon and Marino, who like McNabb never won a Super Bowl.

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McNabb has the edge statistically on Troy Aikman, but Aikman was the quarterback for three championship teams with the Dallas Cowboys and those rings carry a ton of weight with Hall of Fame voters.

All this isn't meant to be any sort of slight against Donovan McNabb. He had a very good career in Philadelphia. We'll just forget those stops in Washington and Minnesota ever happened, much like no one ever remembers Joe Namath with the Los Angeles Rams or Johnny Unitas with the San Diego Chargers.

However, that funny-looking building in northern Ohio isn't the Hall of Very Good.

It's the Hall of Fame.

And much like Ron Jaworski, another Eagles quarterback who did pretty well for himself, McNabb's numbers come up a little short.

 

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