The legend of Kevin Kolb is one that began three years ago, when the Eagles selected the University of Houston great in the second round of the 2007 NFL draft.
Kolb played sparingly in his first two seasons.
But when he did play, the Eagles were dominant.
In Kevin Kolb’s first game in the NFL, the Eagles scored 56 points against the Detroit Lions. In his second game, they scored 38 against the St Louis Rams. And in his third, they knocked off the eventual Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
Late in the 2008 season, Kolb threw his first touchdown pass, a 107-yard strike to Ed Reed, which is the longest touchdown in NFL history.
He also threw a highlight reel 24-yard touchdown a few weeks later to Brandon McDonald of the Cleveland Browns.
In 2008, Kolb threw for 275 yards. He distributed them pretty evenly, throwing 144 to the Eagles and 131 to their opponents.
In 2009, Kolb made his first start in the NFL. He threw for 491 yards and three touchdowns (391 yards and two touchdowns to the Eagles, and 100 yards and a touchdown to the Saints). He concluded his epic performance with a 97-yard touchdown pass to Darren Sharper in the final minute of the game.
Heading into the 2010 season, Kolb had finally earned the starting job for the Eagles.
Kolb’s 2010 season was brilliant by anyone’s standards.
He completed 63.4 percent of his passes and threw just four interceptions all year. He posted an above average passer rating and was sacked just 10 times.
Kolb’s best performance came when he torched the NFC’s top-seeded Atlanta Falcons with three touchdown passes.
And the following week, he threw a long touchdown pass to Cortland Finnegan of the Titans on the game’s final play.
Kolb has shown a knack for fourth quarter touchdown passes throughout his career. Just ask the Browns’ Brandon McDonald, the Saints’ Darren Sharper, or the Titans’ Cortland Finnegan.
And they’re not short touchdown passes either. 107 yards, 97 yards, and 41 yards.
McNabb never threw a 107-yard touchdown pass or even a 97-yard touchdown pass. Neither has Michael Vick.
McNabb never threw a touchdown pass on the final play of the game. Neither has Vick. Kevin Kolb did it against Tennessee.
Kolb has generously spread his touchdown passes around to many different teams in the NFL. The Eagles have the most with 10. The Ravens have 1. So do the Browns. And the Saints. And the Titans.
Kolb has already thrown touchdowns to two future Hall of Famers: Ed Reed and Darren Sharper. He’s also completed a pass to another future Hall of Famer, Troy Polamalu.
Kolb has played in some of the biggest offensive showings of the decade for the Eagles.
56 points against the Lions. 38 against the Rams. 48 against the Cardinals. 44 against the Cowboys. 38 against the Panthers. And 59 against the Redskins.
Kevin Kolb also has shown the skills needed to be an outside linebacker if needed.
Just ask William Moore of the Atlanta Falcons. Kolb brought Moore down with an impressive horse collar tackle earlier this season.
If Ernie Sims or Moise Fokou goes down with an injury in the playoffs, Kolb might be called upon to play both ways.
And most importantly…
McNabb’s Eagles didn’t win a division title in his first season.
Yet Kevin Kolb is quarterbacking a division champion heading into the 2010 season finale.