As so many before, McNabb leaves without a ring

    McNabb set team records for touchdowns, completed passes, and passing yards. But he’s weathered criticism over his inability to win the Superbowl.

    Donovan McNabb, the face of the Eagles’ through 11 N.F.L. seasons, is packing his bags. The six time pro-bowl quarterback who led the Eagles to five N.F.C. Championship games and a superbowl will play for the Washington Redskins next season. McNabb’s often rocky relationship with Eagles fans started on draft day.

    Youtube audio:
    “With the second pick, the Philadelphia Eagles select Donovan McNabb…(boo!)”

    McNabb’s icy introduction to Eagles fans has been enshrined on Youtube. Many fans had wanted another player.

    McNabb set team records for touchdowns, completed passes, and passing yards. But he’s weathered criticism over his inability to win the Superbowl. And Philadelphia Daily News columnist Les Bowen says McNabb is just the latest in a long line of local sports stars who wore out their welcome.

    “The scrutiny is so intense, and the spotlight is so bright that it does wear relationships out, if you will. There’s no question that this is a Philadelphia story that we’ve seen before.”

    Other Philadelphia sports stars who’ve been traded away include Sixers Charles Barkley and Allen Iverson, Phillies Curt Schilling and Scott Rolen, and Flyer Eric Lindros. None was able to bring a championship to the city.

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