A Letter From Donovan McNabb To Philadelphia Eagles Fans

Erick SpaltiCorrespondent IMarch 25, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 27:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles is sacked by Elvis Dumervil #92 of the Denver Broncos on December 27, 2009 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Broncos 30-27.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Dear Eagles Fans,

I would like to start this message by saying thank you. Thank you for all the times you booed at me for throwing bad passes when my O-Line couldn't block for me. Thank you for every time you wished they would trade me or cut me because I couldn't cut it. Thank you for making nearly every year of my career here in Philadelphia as horrible as you could for me. I will always remember the fans of Philadelphia.

I'm sorry for losing three NFC Championship games in a row. Please don't remember how each time I managed to lead us to the NFC Championship we had one of the worst starting receiever squads in the NFL. The Super Bowl was my fault, I choked.

I'm sorry for 11 seasons I've poured every ounce of my body into leading the Eagles to an NFL Championship. I've come close but never succeeded and for that I feel like I've failed the fans who did appreciate me. I'm sorry that I've played through injuries you can't pronounce to help this team win football games. I should've done more, I could've been a better QB and teammate.

If the team does decide to trade me, I wish the Eagles all the best in the future. I truly hope Kevin Kolb will lead you to the promised land, although I sincerely doubt it will happen, and wish you all the best with your 6-10 record next season. Hopefully you can use that high draft pick to select a QB who will do half of what I've done for this football program.

After a year or two in St. Louis, or wherever I may be traded, I will retire a rich and happy man. Sure, I never won a Super Bowl, but I may still make the Hall of Fame.

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I've managed to throw for over 32,000 yards with 216 touchdowns, and I hold several NFL records. I'm also one of only six QBs to throw for over 25,000 yards and rush for 3,000 yards as well which puts me in some pretty sweet company.

I guess to top it off, I'll be traded as the QB with the lowest interception-to-pas-attempt ratio in the history of the NFL. I'm pretty sure those stats will at least get me considered for the Hall of Fame, which is obviously still a great honor.

I wish I could've retired as a Philadelphia Eagle but it appears that's not going to happen. I wish Andy Reid, the Eagles players, and the entire franchise the best of luck in the future. Once again I'm sorry I failed to win a Super Bowl, but I promise I gave everything I had. Thank you for the 11 seasons you gave to me and my family.

Fight Eagles Fight!


                                                                        Donovan Mcnabb

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