5 Days to Kickoff
3 September 2019 Eagles News
With only 5 days away from kickoff, we at 4th and Jawn continue our countdown to kickoff with arguably the Eagles best quarterback of all time, Donavon McNabb. Donavon was drafted by the Eagles in the 2nd overall in the 1999 NFL draft.
Donavon played his college football at Syracuse University. He redshirted his first year, then stepped in as the starting quarterback. McNabb played every game of his college career, going 35-14. He excelled at Syracuse, and established himself as one of the best dual threat quarterbacks in the nation. McNabb was a finalist for the 1998 Heisman trophy.
McNabb sat behind Doug Pederson to start the season, and saw his first game action in the 2nd half of the 2nnd game of the year against the Buccaneers. McNabb got his first start on November 14th.
McNabb entered the 2000 season as the starter and never looked back for 10 seasons. McNabb has an absolute stellar 2nd season, throwing for 3,365 yards and 21 touchdowns, finishing 2nd in MVP voting. The Eagles lost in the divisional round of the playoffs, losing 20-10 to the Giants.
The next 4 seasons were arguably the greatest stretch in Eagles history, and was lead by Donavon McNabb. The Eagles pulled off a run of 4 straight NFC championship appearances, including 1 trip to the Super Bowl. The Eagles 2004 season arguably the most talented Eagles team of all time. McNabb has his best season as an Eagle, throwing for 31 touchdowns, amassing 3,875 yards.
McNabb continued being the starter for the next 5 seasons, reaching the playoffs another 3 times, including the 2008 season which saw the Eagles lose the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship. The Eagles lost the game 32-25, in one of the most disappointing games in Eagles history. The Eagles took a 25-24 lead on a 62 yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson.
Kurt Warner Marched the Cardinals right back down the field and took a 32-25 lead and never looked back.
McNabb was traded to the Redskins before the 2010 season for a 2nd pick, as the Eagles decided to go with Kevin Kolb. McNabb retired in 2013 as arguably the best quarterback this organization has ever had.