Donovan McNabb, a Spot In Canton Is Awaiting You

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Donovan McNabb, a Spot In Canton Is Awaiting You
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Donovan McNabb's career has been filled with ups and downs, controversy, and most of all, success!

When he was selected second overall on draft day in 1999, a group of fans booed him because they wanted Ricky Williams.  Little did those fans know that this day would shape the Philadelphia Eagles' franchise for the next decade and some.

Everyone knows he has lead the Eagles to five NFC title games in eight years.  Everyone also knows that he has NOT lead his team to a Superbowl victory.

So is Donovan McNabb a future Hall of Famer?

He still has possibly five years left, so things could change for the better or for the worse.  If his career would end today, he should be a Hall of Famer.

Lets compare some major stats from all of the modern era Hall of Fame quarterbacks to Donovan's.

I will compare five major statistics and see where Donovan ranks among the Hall of Fame quarterbacks.

The major categories will be: TD-Int ratio, career win-loss record, completion percentage, passer rating, and playoff record.

Touchdown-Interception Ratio:

  1. Steve Young: 232 Td's 107 Int's- 2.17%
  2. Donovan McNabb: 194 Td's 90 Int's- 2.16%
  3. Joe Montana: 273 Td's 139 Int's- 1.96%
  4. Dan Marino: 420 Td's 252 Int's- 1.67%
  5. Roger Staubach: 153 Td's 109 Int's- 1.40%
  6. Jim Kelly: 237 Td's 175 Int's- 1.35%
  7. Sonny Jurgensen: 255 Td's 189 Int's- 1.35%
  8. John Elway: 300 Td's 226 Int's- 1.33%
  9. Len Dawson: 239 Td's 183 Int's-1.31%
  10. Otto Graham: 174 Td's 135 Int's- 1.29%
  11. Fran Tarkenton: 342 Td's 266 Int's 1.29%
  12. Warren Moon: 291 Td's 233 Int's 1.25%
  13. Troy Aikman: 165 Td's 141 Int's- 1.17%
  14. Johnny Unitas: 290 Td's 253 Int's- 1.15%
  15. Bob Griese: 192 Td's 172 Int's- 1.12%
  16. Bart Starr: 152 Td's 138 Int's- 1.10%
  17. Dan Fouts: 254 Td's 242 Int's- 1.05%
  18. Terry Bradshaw: 212 Td's 210 Int's- 1.0%
  19. Y.A. Tittle: 242 Td's 248 Int's- 0.98%
  20. Norm Van Brocklin: 173 Td's 178 Int's- 0.97%
  21. George Blanda: 236 Td's 277 Int's- 0.85%
  22. Bobby Layne: 196 Td's 243 Int's- 0.81%
  23. Joe Namath: 173 Td's 220 Int's- 0.79%
  24. Bob Waterfield: 97 Td's 128 Int's- 0.76%

Regular Season Win-Loss Record:

  1. Otto Graham: 57-13-1
  2. Roger Staubach: 85-29
  3. Joe Montana: 117-47
  4. Terry Bradshaw: 107-51
  5. Steve Young: 94-49
  6. Johnny Unitas: 118-64-4
  7. Donovan McNabb: 82-45-1
  8. John Elway: 148-82-1
  9. Bob Waterfield: 14-8 (only recorded games according to pro-football-reference.com)
  10. Jim Kelly: 101-59
  11. Norm Van Brocklin: 61-36-4
  12. Bart Starr: 94-57-6
  13. Len Dawson: 94-57-8
  14. Bob Griese: 92-56-3
  15. Dan Marino: 147-93
  16. Bobby Layne: 80-51-4
  17. Y.A. Tittle: 78-52-5
  18. Troy Aikman: 94-71
  19. Fran Tarkenton: 124-109-6
  20. George Blanda: 53-50-1
  21. Dan Fouts: 86-84-1
  22. Warren Moon: 102-101
  23. Joe Namath: 62-63-4
  24. Sonny Jurgensen: 69-73-7

Completion Percentage:

  1. Steve Young: 63.3%
  2. Joe Montana: 63.2%
  3. Troy Aikman:  61.5%
  4. Jim Kelly: 60.1%
  5. Dan Marino: 59.4%
  6. Donovan McNabb: 58.9%
  7. Dan Fouts: 58.8%
  8. Warren Moon: 58.4%
  9. Bart Starr: 57.4%
  10. Sonny Jurgensen: 57.1%
  11. Len Dawson: 57.1%
  12. Roger Staubach: 57.0%
  13. Fran Tarkenton: 57.0%
  14. John Elway: 56.9%
  15. Bob Griese: 56.2%
  16. Otto Graham: 55.8%
  17. Y.A. Tittle: 55.2%
  18. Johnny Unitas: 54.6%
  19. Norm Van Brocklin: 53.6%
  20. Terry Bradshaw: 51.9%
  21. Bob Waterfield: 50.3%
  22. Joe Namath: 50.1%
  23. Bobby Layne: 49.0%
  24. George Blanda: 47.7%

Passer Rating:

  1. Steve Young: 96.8
  2. Joe Montana: 92.3
  3. Otto Graham: 86.6
  4. Dan Marino: 86.4
  5. Donovan McNabb: 85.9
  6. Jim Kelly: 84.4
  7. Roger Staubach: 83.4
  8. Len Dawson: 82.6
  9. Sonny Jurgensen: 82.6
  10. Troy Aikman: 81.6
  11. Warren Moon: 80.9
  12. Bart Starr: 80.5
  13. Fran Tarkenton: 80.4
  14. Dan Fouts: 80.2
  15. John Elway: 79.9
  16. Johnny Unitas: 78.2
  17. Bob Griese: 77.1
  18. Norm Van Brocklin: 75.1
  19. Y.A. Tittle: 74.3
  20. Terry Bradshaw: 70.9
  21. Joe Namath: 65.5
  22. Bobby Layne: 63.4
  23. Bob Waterfield: 61.8
  24. George Blanda: 60.6

Playoff Record: (Superbowl Wins and Championships Included)

  1. Otto Graham: 9-3 (7 championships)
  2. Bart Starr: 9-1 (3 Championships, 2 Superbowl wins)
  3. Joe Montana: 16-7 (4 Superbowl wins)
  4. Terry Bradshaw: 14-5 (4 Superbowl wins)
  5. Troy Aikman: 11-5 (3 Superbowl wins)
  6. Johnny Unitas: 6-3 (2 Championships, 1 Superbowl win)
  7. John Elway: 14-8 (2 Superbowl wins)
  8. Roger Staubach: 12-7 (2 Superbowl wins)
  9. Steve Young: 12-8 (2 Superbowl wins)
  10. Bob Griese: 7-5 (2 Superbowl wins)
  11. Norm Van Brocklin: 13-4 (2 Championships)
  12. Bobby Layne: 3-1 (2 Championships)
  13. Bob Waterfield: 3-3 (2 Championships)
  14. George Blanda: 9-10 (2 Championships)
  15. Joe Namath: 2-1 (1 Superbowl win)
  16. Len Dawson: 5-3 (1 Superbowl win)
  17. Donovan McNabb: 9-6 (0 Superbowl wins)
  18. Jim Kelly: 9-8 (0 Superbowl Wins)
  19. Fran Tarkenton: 6-5 (0 Superbowl wins)
  20. Dan Marino: 8-10 (0 Superbowl wins)
  21. Dan Fouts: 3-4 (0 Superbowl wins)
  22. Warren Moon 3-7 (0 Superbowl wins)
  23. Sonny Jurgensen: (0 Championships)
  24. Y.A. Tittle: (0 Championships)

Donovan McNabb is in the top 10 in all categories except for Championships; however, it took John Elway until his final two years to get that elusive Superbowl Championship.

With or without a Superbowl ring, Donovan McNabb has left his legacy on the game and is deserving of a spot in Canton.

 

 

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