Philadelphia's Feelings Toward Donovan McNabb: It's a Love/Hate Thing

Troy BallardCorrespondent IJuly 25, 2010

ASHBURN, VA - APRIL 15:  Washington Redskins Donovan McNabb works out at the Washington Redskins training facility on April 15, 2010 in Ashburn, Virginia  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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McNabb played a solid 11 years in the City of Brotherly Love, 11 years of trial and error, 11 years of failure and achievement, 11 years of breaking records, 11 years of consistent QB play, 11 years of Donovan McNabb.

As we all know, the Eagles have now traded Donovan McNabb to the division rival Redskins. Which means only one thing: the Eagles will have to play against their ex-QB at least two times this season, one game in Washington and the other in Philadelphia.

I wrote this article because I find it to be a very interesting topic, whether Philadelphia will meet McNabb with a chorus of boo's and inappropriate comments, or if he will take the field with applause and adoration. There are two sides to this argument:


Of course, there will always be the select group of people that followed McNabb all the way up his entire career from Syracuse to his NFL career in Philadelphia, and they will always support him, no matter what.

But the main portion of McNabb supporters comes in with this point: he was the best quarterback in Eagles history, and he should be honored for that feat.

Some of McNabb's very impressive achievements in Philadelphia go as follows: McNabb has the most career wins for any starting quarterback in Philadelphia (93), he has won more playoff games then any other quarterback in team history (9), he ranks first in the Eagles' all-time list of completions (2,189), first in passing touchdowns (203), first in overall yards (29,320), first in overall attempts (4,303).

McNabb also was one of the sole players who turned the team around and back into a serious Superbowl contender. McNabb never did win a Superbowl in Philadelphia but he did bring home several division titles, several NFC Championship appearances, and one NFC Championship win.


On the flip-side, there will always be the "Philadelphia fanbase" who is consistently negative and love to put players from the Eagles or another team down. McNabb will most likely get the blunt end of the stick from this group, primarily because he went to a rival team. 

This group's main argument: he collapses under pressure and he never won the Eagles a Super Bowl.

Now, the statement above can be read as completely and totally true, or one part can be true and the other is just null and void. The fact that McNabb has never won a Super Bowl is true. There is no avoiding that. But the section that states he collapses under pressure, that can be debated.

McNabb has led the Eagles in all-time playoff wins, as stated in the "Pro-McNabb" section, but does that really even matter if he has not won the big game? McNabb has had only one Super Bowl appearance in his career with the Eagles, a game in which he had 30 completions for 357 yards (fifth highest in Super Bowl history), and three touchdowns.

Very good stats right?

Wrong. Eagles fans feel as if they lost the game due to McNabb's last drive which ended in a three-and-out, and he is to blame for the loss. In reality, the problem was the defense giving up the game-winning drive at the end of the game.

After losing the Super Bowl, the Eagles were demoralized and had a very poor 2005 performance in which they went 6-10, finishing fourth in the NFC East and failing to make a playoff appearance.

This just furthered the dislike for McNabb, and he was of course the easiest man to blame. The starting QB is almost always at fault when there is a lack of offensive production right?


It should be very interesting when the Eagles play the Redskins in Philadelphia in week four. My best prediction is it will be a mixed welcome, with boos and cheers from both types of fans. More than likely, the boos will outweigh the cheers because let's be real, they are playing in Philadelphia. Either way, the week four game goes, McNabb will always be remembered as an Eagles quarterback.