The Donovan McNabb era in Philadelphia is officially over. For those that think Pro Bowl QB’s grow on trees and pretty much anyone can step in and do a better job than Donovan, you got your wish. For those that think Donovan gives you the best chance to win right now and appreciate all of his special talents, you are pretty upset.
Regardless of which one you are, Donovan is gone. And the guys who made the decision to pull the trigger on this deal have offered some parting comments.
“Donovan McNabb was more than a franchise quarterback for this team,” Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie said. “He truly embodied all of the attributes of a great quarterback and of a great person. He has been an excellent representative of this organization and the entire National Football League both on and off the field. I look forward to honoring him as one of the greatest Eagles of all time and hopefully see him enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton one day.”
We believe that Eagles president Joe Banner had quite a bit of say in this, but the way he talks about #5, he is describing someone that you’d think people would want to keep.
“Donovan is the ultimate professional,” Banner said. “He has an incredible work ethic and has been an integral part of our success. Over the years, Donovan has always carried himself with a great deal of dignity. He’s an excellent role model for young men and women from across the region. In my mind, he’ll always be remembered as one of the greatest Eagles of all time.”
Head coach Andy Reid is one of Donovan’s biggest supporters and McNabb is the only full-time quarterback that Reid has ever known as a head coach.
“This was a very tough decision,” Reid said. “Donovan McNabb represented everything a football player could be during his 11 seasons in Philadelphia. He carried this organization to new heights and set a high standard of excellence both on and off the field. We thank him for everything he did for this football team and for this city.”
We’ll say it again: Careful what you wish for, Philadelphia. He’s gone now, enjoy the destruction.