Donovan McNabb may be a Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Famer already, but No. 5 believes his bust belongs in Canton, Ohio.
Getting into the Pro Football Hall of Fame is obviously the highest personal accomplishment an NFL player can have. Unfortunately, it takes a bit of a collaborative effort to make the best case possible. Typically, quarterbacks are better suited for the Hall of Fame when they have at least a Super Bowl under their belt. If not, it becomes more challenging to be considered.
Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb is finding that out first hand. Since being retired in 2011, McNabb has been hopeful that eventually, he will find himself getting into the Hall of Fame. Eight years later, and McNabb still hasn’t made his way to Canton just yet. Unlike his former teammates Brian Dawkins and Terrell Owens who made it last year.
There’s no doubt that McNabb is arguably the best quarterback in Eagles franchise history (sorry, Nick Foles). McNabb has found himself honored from time to time in Philly as he’s made the Eagles Hall of Fame. Plus, No. 5 is forever off limits in midnight green as McNabb’s accomplishments led to it being retired permanently. Despite the smaller achievements though, is McNabb accomplished enough to make it into Canton? Well, he believes so.
McNabb makes his case for Canton
Recently, McNabb joined the guys over at TMZ Sports to make his case for Canton. When asked if he believes he’s a Hall of Fame player or not, McNabb confidently responded with “absolutely.” Then, he proceeded to make the argument by dropping some analytical facts. “My numbers are better than Troy Aikman’s,” McNabb stated when trying to back up his case.
Although McNabb is correct, Aikman has something that McNabb doesn’t — the almighty Super Bowl ring. After appearing and playing in five NFC Championship games over the course of his career, McNabb only managed to get to the big game once. Unfortunately, he was a big reason why the Eagles struggled to bring home the Lombardi during the 2004-2005 season.
Not everybody in Canton has a Super Bowl ring. However, that’s an important accolade to have for quarterbacks. As the position is typically put on a pedestal, not having at least one ring can be detrimental to a Hall of Fame campaign. McNabb has had an illustrious career for sure, but he shouldn’t hold his breath while waiting for the Hall of Fame to come knocking. It could be some time before No. 5 gets in — if ever.