Donovan McNabb has been my favorite athlete since he was taken by the Eagles in 1999. I had observed McNabb in college, and was very excited when the Eagles pulled the trigger on him, instead of Ricky Williams. Despite the droves of Eagles fans that booed McNabb excessively when he was taken, I was one of the few that actually supported him and thought it was a great draft pick.
And really Philadelphia- What did McNabb do? He carried the Eagles to the playoffs almost every season, he even led the Eagles to a Super Bowl appearance (and would have won the game with a defensive hold). Donovan did everything that was expected of him, and he was still not respected. Then in a sudden trade that no one had anticipated, McNabb was gone.
Not only had he departed from Philadelphia, he was now a member of the Washington Redskins. This was like a stab in the heart from the Eagles organization, and I was shocked that Andy Reid would let something like his happen. But, none the less, McNabb was no longer an Eagle and we, as Eagles fans, had to look towards the Kolb-led future.
After this season, it is easy to say that trading McNabb was a great idea. It was a perfect plan, as the Eagles scored Nate Allen, and had one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL, led by the surging Michael Vick. What everyone so easily forgets is that Kolb was the starter heading into this season, and without the resurgence of Vick, this season would have resulted in a rebuilding year and there would not have been any playoff appearance.
Within one season of working with Mike Shanahan in Washington, McNabb is still being disrespected. Not by the Washington fans, but by the Redskins organization. It looks like the Redskins will be either looking to trade McNabb, or release him so that they can avoid that hefty contract that they had signed early last season.
With McNabb essentially out of Washington for good, there have been talks of him going to the Cardinals or possibly the Vikings. I have one thing to say to my all-time favorite athlete. It’s time to retire.
I have no doubts that McNabb could last for another few seasons in the NFL, and probably post career numbers given the right set of receivers. It’s just that he doesn’t need to prove anything. McNabb had an awesome career in Philadelphia, and there is no reason for him to extend that to a losing team.
If his goal is to win a Super Bowl, his ship has sailed. He missed that chance when the Eagles fell to the Patriots, when he was still an Eagle. McNabb is going to be 35 next season, and he isn’t getting any younger. There is no reason for him to put his personal health on the line, to attempt to make a Super Bowl run.
McNabb needs to avoid looking like Brett Favre, and if he has any intentions of making it into the Hall of Fame, he needs to send in his retirement papers. No one will lose any respect for a quarterback that is past his prime and is searching for a team, deciding to retire. This is an honest opinion from one of McNabb’s biggest fans, and one of his biggest supporters. Donovan- Just retire.
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