Donovan McNabb: The Greatest Philadelphia Eagle Quarterback of All Time?

Curt KolpCorrespondent IMarch 11, 2009

The Philadelphia Eagles have been in existence since 1933.

Many great players have put on the Philadelphia Eagles jersey: Reggie White, Jerome Brown, Ricky Waters, Wilbur Montgomery, Steve Van Buren, Chuck Bednarik, Brian Dawkins, and Randall Cunningham—just to name a few. 

But who is the greatest Eagles quarterback of all time?  Some would say Ron Jaworski, others might say Randal Cunningham, but I say Donovan McNabb.

Let's take a look at the three aforementioned quarterbacks:

Ron Jaworski

Ron Jaworski played from 1977-1986 for the Philadelphia Eagles.  His career record with the Birds was 69-67-1.  He had a career completion percentage of 53.3 percent, threw for 26,963 yards, 175 touchdowns, and 151 interceptions with the Eagles. 

His best season was 1980 in which he had 3,529 yards passing, 27 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.  Those numbers were good enough to land him in his first and only Pro-Bowl.  That year the Eagles were 12-4 and appeared in their first Super Bowl in franchise history only to lose to the Oakland Raiders.  Jaworski's career playoff record was 3-4.

Randall Cunningham

Randall Cunningham played from 1985-1995 for the Philadelphia Eagles.  His career record as an Eagle was 63-43-1.  His career completion percentage was 55.7 percent with the Eagles. 

He threw for 22,877 yards, 150 touchdowns, and 105 interceptions with the birds.  He was also a great running quarterback. With the Eagles, he rushed for 4,482 yards and 32 touchdowns.  He was a three-time Pro-Bowler for the Eagles.  Cunningham's career playoff record was 1-4.

Donovan McNabb

Donovan McNabb has been a Philadelphia Eagle from 1999-present.  So far, his career completion percentage is 58.9 percent.  He has thrown for 29,320 yards, 194 touchdowns, and 90 interceptions.  He was also a great running quarterback, rushing for 3,109 yards and 26 touchdowns. 

McNabb's best season came in 2004 when he threw for 3,875 yards, 31 touchdowns, and only eight interceptions.  He lead the Eagles to a 13-3 record and an appearance in the Super Bowl only to lose to the New England Patriots. McNabb's career playoff record is 8-5.

Jaworski and Cunningham both were great quarterbacks for the Eagles franchise, but neither one of them was able to bring the success that McNabb has.  The playoff record indicates that. 

McNabb is most certainly under-appreciated by a lot of the fans in Philadelphia today, and that is because we as fans want a championship!  But the fact of the matter is that Donovan has carried this team to the playoffs year after year, and needs some help.  When Donovan McNabb is retired for 10 years, I hope that the Eagles fans have a different type of appreciation for him.


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