I was 11 years old and in my suburban Philadelphia fifth grade elementary school when Donovan McNabb was drafted second overall by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999. I essentially grew up with McNabb playing the most important position on the field for my favorite football team. I witnessed all of his fortunes and tribulations in midnight green throughout middle school, high school, and all of my college tenure: the ability to improvise out of the pocket earlier in his career, the injuries that plagued him in the middle of it, and the crippling playoff losses that were scattered throughout it.
To this day, my favorite sports moment ever that I attended was the famous play known as 4th and 26 (Shield your eyes cheeseheads!), which occurred in January of 2004 where McNabb hooked up with Freddie Mitchell to keep the Birds’ playoff hopes alive against the Green Bay Packers. I was also at Lincoln Financial Field the following year where the team finally got over the hump and defeated the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship.
We were on top of the world.
Which is probably why it pains me to see McNabb six years later in the current position he is at in his career. McNabb is presently past his prime, living off his past glory as a perception of the present, and in search of a team for his services.
It happens to essentially every athlete in the world of sports aside from the less than one percent such as John Elway, and it’s a cold, bitter reality not only for the athlete himself but for the fans that appreciated their play throughout the years as well.
So what team will Donovan play for next season? It most likely certainly won’t be the Washington Redskins, who benched McNabb in favor of Rex Grossman last season due to McNabb being a programmatic non-fit.
With the veteran out of Syracuse entering his 13th season in the league, and in honor of his number five, let’s take a look at the five possible landing spots McNabb can take his talents to next season.