It's always hard to play in a city where the fans are always brutal, especially this one. One bad play and you get hammered by radio stations, journalists, and just about every fan.
"He sucks! Get him off the field!," is what you here at the games. Shouting fans criticizing a great quarterback.
It's truly amazing how you always have to play absolutely perfect in every game of your career to gain respect. Many athletes are victims of this, but the ones who get hammered the most are the ones with high fan base cities. In my opinion, I think the biggest victim of this is Donovan McNabb.
I'm from Philadelphia and wish all the best to McNabb, but he got absolutely no credit for what he started with this franchise and the city of Philadelphia. Now, let's go over what he accomplished with the Philadelphia Eagles and himself as an NFL quarterback.
Six division titles in a powerhouse NFC East division
Made the playoffs eight out of the 10 seasons this decade
Led the Eagles to five NFC championship games
Led the Eagles to Super Bowl XXXIX
Holds the record for most career pass attempts, completions, passing yards, passing touchdowns, most single season completions, single season passing yards, and most NFC championship appearances as an Eagle.
That says a lot considering other great quarterbacks who played in Philadelphia such as, Ron Jaworski, Randall Cunningham, and Norm Van Brocklin.
McNabb is one of six quarterbacks ever to throw for more than 25,000 yards and rush for more 3,000 yards in his career. The other quarterback to do so were Randall Cunningham, Steve Young, Fran Tarkenton, Steve McNair, and John Elway.
As of now, Donovan McNabb has the third highest winning percentage among active quarterbacks right behind Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.
McNabb holds the record for most consecutive passing completions in one game with 24. To make the statistic even more sexy, he did this twice in the same season!
In 2004, he became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 30 touchdown passes and less than 10 interceptions in one season.
Donovan has the second best touchdown to interception ratio of all time (Second to Tom Brady)
He is the least intercepted quarterback in NFL history, being intercepted just 2.09% of his passing attempts (4,588).
Now that is a one good looking resume. Throughout his career, he became the face of the franchise and the greatest quarterback to play for the Eagles and all McNabb did was win. Yea, he didn't win the big game, but I didn't know there is only one player on the field. As a matter of fact, let's take a flashback at what McNabb did in Super Bowl XXXIX...
McNabb threw for 357 yards and 3 touchdown passes!! Yea, he threw 3 interceptions, but the Patriots didn't score on any of those drives. Not to mention, the offensive line gave up four sacks for a loss of 33 yards!! Yet, everyone will put 100 percent of the blame on McNabb! He's not the only guy the field and not the only one who made mistakes. Still, the casual fan will put the blame on the quarterback, just because he's the quarterback.
On to his personal achievements, McNabb put himself into prestigious categories that only some of the greats like Steve Young and Elway could accomplish. He has rushed for over 3,000 yards in his career and still counting! He's a quarterback who can sense someone coming on his blind side, someone who you can rely on if no receiver gets open because he will make nothing into a five yard gain, someone with agility to break tackles from big defensive linemen, who can scramble away from defensive ends with his quick feet and still throw for over 3,000 yards in almost every season he's played.
At times during this decade he looked like the best quarterback in the league. Like I stated earlier, he is the third most winningest quarterback in the NFL behind to two great and future hall of famers, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. In addition, McNabb is a guy who can be insanely consistent throwing 24 straight completions in a game twice in the same season (the NFL record)!! On top of that, he rarely threw interceptions. In the 2004 season, he threw the least amount of interceptions (8). His touchdown to interception ratio and his interception percentage proves that he is very consistent at not throwing interceptions. In his prime, he was a top five quarterback in the NFL.
Now, take in those great statistics.
He did this all with no big time receiver.
He was not given Reggie Wayne, Randy Moss, or Andre Johnson. He was given Todd Pinkston, Freddie Mitchell, and James Thrash. He only had T.O for one year and he got hurt! For McNabb to throw for over 3,000 yards almost every season with those receivers, is truly remarkable. Just imagine what he could have done with a top 10 wide receiver, even a top 15. To add on, the defense was not bad, but at times they were a little shaky.
It's amazing that he is given no credit for what he accomplished as a pro quarterback in the NFL. What really made me even more mad is when he was traded to the Redskins, some fans were very happy he was out of this town. Unbelievable!! In my mind, he is arguably a Hall of Fame quarterback, who turned around a struggling franchise.
McNabb is still criticized for what he did by almost every fan, journalist, and radio station there is in this city and that's a shame. A damn shame.