Donovan McNabb: The Real Reason Why Philly Fans Dislike Him

Dominic PerilliContributor IIISeptember 29, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 20:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs from the field after defeating the San Francisco 49ers at Lincoln Financial Field on December 20, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Imagine this—there are two minutes left in the Super Bowl, your team is down, and the offense needs to be marched down the field by your fearless quarterback when suddenly, your quarterback starts to vomit.

Yes, world, this is what us Eagles fans experienced in the 2004 Super Bowl against the New England Patriots. Now, I know that last part came off a little harsh, but it is the reality we Eagles fans face.

Yes, Donovan gave us 11 great years. Yes, Donovan led us to multiple playoff and championship games. Yes, Donovan led us to one Super Bowl. But honestly, that isn't good enough. The only way Philly would have been satisfied with one Super Bowl appearance is if we took home the Lombardi Trophy in that year. 

Eagles fans invest a lot of time and effort into our team. We are watching every Sunday, following every news story, and most importantly, we are buying merchandise.

There is no doubt about it, Philadelphia loves the Eagles, but we want to see the Eagles produce. We want multiple playoff appearances. We want Super Bowl championships.

It doesn't matter to me if we went to 10 or even 20 NFC Championship games. If we didn't win the following game, who cares? Philadelphia is not a city of underachievers—bottom line. 

Let's say you were hired by a Fortune 500 company. On your first day of work, the boss says, " Okay, it is your job to get this company ranked fifth by your 11th year here." The 11th year rolls around and you got the company to ninth on the list of highest-grossing companies. What happens in the real world when someone does not complete the task given (especially when being paid a high amount of money)? That's right, they get fired. 

For all of the ESPN analysts and reporters from around the country that bash Philadelphians for our lack of appreciation, this article is for you. Us Eagles fans are not like the rest of the country. We do not like to come in second place, we like to be in first.

We also appreciate hard work and responsibility. Watching Donovan smile after a third-and-eight pass was thrown at the receiver's feet really turned my insides. It shows two things: lack of responsibility and lack of leadership.

Brian Dawkins, a player that is loved in Philly, was the true definition of a leader. B-Dawk, otherwise known as Weapon X, consistently fired up the defense and made huge plays. That is what we love and admire from an athlete representing Philadelphia.

Donovan, do us a favor and leave your air guitar at home next time, especially when the team you are playing whipped your butt the week before.