The retirement of all-time great Philadelphia Eagle Donvan McNabb was an emotional moment for himself and the fans that supported No. 5 through thick and thin. There is no doubt about it McNabb was the greatest quarterback in Eagles history.
He and Andy Reid had a successful run of five straight NFC championships and a Super Bowl appearance that had never and may never be seen again in this city. It was a painful and bumpy ride at times no doubt. It is one to look at with admiration and respect now that it is gone. Success is difficult in this league where every game is close and talent is separated by a fingertip.
The Eagles were arguably the most successful team in the league in terms of wins and losses for an entire decade. They have a coach and quarterback, McNabb and Reid, to thank for that.
They say you don’t know what you have until it is gone. That was certainly the case with Reid, McNabb and company. Both men were often criticized unmercifully by the media and the fans. I’ll admit I was one of them. McNabb sometimes carried himself in a way as if he didn’t care about anything or anyone. He had an almost goofy persona.
However, the Eagles have fallen on hard times since McNabb was traded away. They have made the playoffs but one time and have never had a whiff of quite the success McNabb enjoyed. The struggles the team has had recently certainly make you appreciate the incredible run the Eagles had in the early 2000’s.
This was McNabb’s night. No. 5 will never be worn again. Congratulations to the best quarterback in Eagles history. Is the Hall of Fame beckoning? We will have to wait and see.