Though he didn’t always get the respect he deserved, McNabb is undisputedly the greatest Eagles quarterback of all time.
Philadelphia famously selected McNabb out of Syracuse with the No. 2 overall pick of the 1999 NFL Draft to thunderous disapproval from Eagles fans attending the event. However, McNabb would end up winning (most of) his critics over with his remarkable athleticism and playmaking ability.
In 11 years as the Eagles’ starting quarterback, McNabb completed 59 percent of his passes for 32,873 yards and 216 touchdowns and 100 interceptions. He also ran for 3,249 yards and 28 touchdowns. McNabb led the Eagles to the playoffs in eight of his 11 seasons in Philadelphia. Since his departure, the Eagles have gone to the postseason just twice.
McNabb holds just about every major passing record in Eagles history. He leads in career passing yards (32,873), passing touchdowns (216), attempts (4,746) and completions (2,801) and also leads in single-season passing yards (3,916). He did hold the single-season record for passing attempts, but current Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz broke that record as a rookie in 2016.
He also broke an NFL record in 2004, when he became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw over 30 touchdowns and less than 10 interceptions.
McNabb may not have won a Super Bowl, but there’s no denying just how incredibly good he was during his 11 seasons in Philadelphia. At the very least, no Eagles player will ever wear the No. 5 again.