Never forget the time Jim McMahon joined the Eagles and won Comeback Player of the Year in 1991.
Still one of the most controversial signal-callers in NFL history, Jim McMahon was selected in the first round of the 1982 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears after making a name for himself at BYU. Let’s just say that he was quite a personality.
McMahon marched to the beat of his own drummer. That led to criticism and more controversy, but something tells us, if he was allowed to go back in time and change things, he wouldn’t. With that being said, McMahon didn’t do much in the way of endearing himself to his critics.
McMahon played seven seasons at the Bears, racking up a 57.8% completion percentage and throwing for 11,203 passing yards and 67 touchdowns in 66 career games. He also threw 57 interceptions.
His greatest moment in Chicago was when he helped lead the team to its lone Super Bowl win. He threw for 2,392 passing yards with 15 touchdowns versus 11 interceptions on the campaign. He also ran for 252 yards and scored three more touchdowns that season with his legs.
A short stint with the San Diego Chargers in 1989 was followed by a three-year run with the Eagles. That reunited him with Buddy Ryan in 1990 as a young Randall Cunningham’s backup. His best season as an Eagle came one year later.
Philly would lose Randall to injury in 1991’s season opener. McMahon went 8-3 as a starter and helped the Eagles to a 10-6 record and a playoff appearance. For his efforts, he would win the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award.