October 1, 2010

Donovan McNabb Refuses To Spark Controversy In His Return to Philly

My weekly column for SB Nation DC.

Oct 1, 2010 - Much ado has been made since the NFL released its regular season schedule over the summer concerning Donovan McNabb's return to Philadelphia as a member of the Washington Redskins and the reactions it would draw from around the NFL. McNabb week is upon us, and excuse me if I stifle a yawn or two, but it's been about as interesting as an Andy Reid press conference.
McNabb has always been depicted as a tragic hero by the mainstream media. He was the leader of a football team whose city will fall dead at an athlete's feet one minute and demonize him the next. Philly fans are a fickle bunch and McNabb constantly experienced the highs and lows associated with being a star in the City of Brotherly Love.
The lows include several brutal injuries, a tough loss in the 2004 Super Bowl, and a benching in the middle of the 2008 season among other things. The highs include a soap opera Super Bowl run in 2004 with Terrell Owens, five appearances in the NFC Championship game, six Pro Bowls, and holding nearly every single relevant passing record in Eagles franchise history.

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McNabb might never have won the ultimate prize for Philadelphia, but he made the Eagles the team to beat in the NFC for nearly an entire decade, snatching them from the dregs of the league and transforming them into a perennial Super Bowl candidate.
Now that McNabb has been traded to the Eagles' division rival in a stunning offseason move by Reid, you would expect to be bombarded by controversial headlines and testy interviews. The Redskins and Eagles don't particularly like each other; McNabb has to feel slighted after being not only traded, but dealt within the division; Philadelphia fans want to beat McNabb, but they are divided between Team Kolb and Team Vick; with Vick starting he will square off against McNabb on the same field where the two played each other in the 2004 NFC Championship game. Storylines abound, people. There's enough beef between these two teams to shoot 10 year's worth of Campbell's Chunky Soup commercials.

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