Monday, April 5, 2010

Thanks Donovan

This post isn't about the trade. Ultimately, we can't evaluate that until we see what the Eagles do in the draft, how McNabb plays with the Redskins and whether or not Kevin Kolb is any good. Ideally, or perhaps selfishly, I hope all three go well with the Eagles being better than the Redskins of course.

But we'll get to that later. For now I think it's more important to honor the past 11 years and everything Donovan McNabb has brought us. Yes, there was some bad. He threw too many passes into the ground. He had trouble shining in big moments. He puked at the Super Bowl. He got hurt a lot. Sometimes he pissed us off beyond belief.

However, the good far outweighs the bad. In 11 seasons, McNabb won 92 games. The Eagles went to five NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl. Our Eagles, after years of mediocrity and uneven play, finally became a consistent winning franchise.

For 11 years, we haven't had to worry about the quarterback position. We've honestly been spoiled, not having to start players like Ty Detmer, Bobby Hoying and Doug Peterson anymore. For that, we should all be thankful. McNabb gave us plenty of good years and even a few great ones. He changed the feeling around the Eagles, a feel that had been hard to shake in the 80's and 90's. We started to expect winning and in sports I honestly think the best thing an athlete can do is change the attitude of his sports town. McNabb did that, he helped turn the Eagles into winners. Maybe not Super Bowl winners, but winners still. I thank him for that. A few more:

I thank him for owning the Cowboys, more often than not.

I thank him for 4th and 26.

I thank him for getting to the Bowl, even if it was just once.

I thank him for those razzle-dazzle runs of his first few years.

I thank him for that crazy 15 second "run around like crazy and throw 80 yards to Freddie Mitchell" play.

I thank him for leading me, twice, to the finals of fantasy football championships.

I thank him for never getting in trouble for sexual assault, killing dogs, choking coaches or beating his wife.

I thank him for beating the Giants in the playoffs.

And I thank him for 11 fun years of Eagles football.

Ultimately, it was time to move on and see what Kevin Kolb is all about. That doesn't mean we won't miss Donovan. We will, at least most of us. In a few years, we'll look back and evaluate the McNabb area of Eagles football. I think, in the end, we'll all look back and remember it with fondness (just like Randall). For now, I just say thank you and good luck.

But not too much good luck, he does play for the Redskins now (that still sounds ridiculous).

Thanks #5.

12 comments:

  1. Good article. But who would've thought -- the Mcnabb trade suddenly looks like its being overshadowed by Obama throwing like a homo and Roy Halladay getting his tits ripped off by the Nationals. (timestamp 1:30 pm)

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  2. Halladay had what ripped off? 9 ks and a W?

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  3. The Freedom tower looks so nice. I'm glad they got rid of that world trade center.

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  4. is the freedom tower underground? cause every time i walk past the world trade center site it just looks like a gigantic hole in the ground

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  5. Obama bites pillows like a homo too.

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  6. It was a sad day, I had to hang my 5 jersey up (which i never wore) with a clothes pin next to my 36 jersey,(started every sunday since 03) on the wall with the LeClair jersey. Basically, I need a New Jersey. I'm rockin the Giroux winter Classic and the Orange Richards, but what am I supposed to do this fall? Im not gettin a Jackson jersey, hes too flashy. I need help here.

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  7. might i suggest Brent Celek? he's a future pro bowler, an integral part of the offense, will probably see a spike in production with Kolb next year, he's not 'flashy', he's white, and...you know...he's white.

    Brent Celek: NOT LJ Smith.

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  8. Rich, why do you keep using "Anonymous." Everyone knows it's you. And if they didn't, they do now. Just use "Pants" next time, or "Slacks." Thanks.

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  9. This ain't Eddy

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  10. And im not gettin a tight ends jersey... come on. seriously.

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  11. Eddy (from Jersey)April 7, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    This is Eddy from Jersey. You guys are a bunch of egg asses. Suckers!!!

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