May 22, 2015 |
IT'S EASY TO say that Donovan McNabb is right. That Syracuse, his alma mater, has no business unretiring the No. 44, worn by Jim Brown, Ernie Davis and Floyd Little. But it's a bit more complicated than it seems. The school retired the number in November of 2005. Even hung an banner emblazoned with it hanging in the Carrier Dome. Back then, the athletic director was Dr. Daryl Gross who said, "If there was ever a number that needed to be retired it is 44. " Fast-forward to 2013 when Little - then a special assistant to Gross - brought up the idea of bringing the number back saying, "I don't agree that it belongs in the rafters.
April 26, 2013 |
Enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card by picking the first round of the NFL Draft: Play the Daily News' Draft Challenge. (Use promo code F73W.) NEW YORK - E.J. Manuel met his idol, Donovan McNabb, 2 years ago through quarterback guru George Whitfield. McNabb, a versatile, star quarterback long ago at Syracuse, counseled Manuel on focusing on development at Florida State. Manuel dined with McNabb on Tuesday night in New York, 2 days before Manuel will be drafted.
July 30, 2013 |
Donovan McNabb will formally retire as an Eagle on Monday. The former Eagles quarterback will be honored at a news conference with owner Jeffrey Lurie. McNabb, 36, appeared at the Eagles' Alumni Day during Sunday's open practice at Lincoln Financial Field. McNabb was introduced to the 30,000 fans in attendance and received a standing ovation. His relationship with the team and the fans in Philadelphia was at times acrimonious, but the retirement ceremony should offer positive closure.
December 15, 2003 |
As the Eagles prepared for tonight's game against the Miami Dolphins, they went out of their way to say nice things about Ricky Williams, the running back who created a frenzy in Philadelphia without ever having played in the city. Through no fault of his own, Williams was responsible for the boos directed at Donovan McNabb on draft day in 1999. "It was like the theater of the absurd," Brad Childress, the Eagles' offensive coordinator, recalled last week. Childress had a great seat inside the Theater at Madison Square Garden that Saturday afternoon in New York when the Eagles announced that they had taken McNabb, the quarterback out of Syracuse, with the second overall pick.
September 23, 2007 |
On Monday, I sat down to write a column about Donovan McNabb. The intent then was to exonerate the Eagles quarterback for last week's inept loss to Washington. As anyone who studied the game films has by now revealed, McNabb's receivers usually were bottled up like ketchup. And on the last play of a still-winnable game, Kevin Curtis dropped a potential first-down pass that was in his hands. McNabb had missed a wide-open Curtis two plays earlier, and his quarterback rating of 68.8 is 24th in the NFL. It would have been an interesting football debate.
August 5, 2010 |
BETHLEHEM - Such is the magnetism of crime and rumor that, in his annual State of the Winless address, Jeffrey Lurie largely was spared a grilling on topics of real importance. Instead, the Eagles' owner spent most of yesterday's yearly press conference defending his decision to retain controversial ex-convict Michael Vick after Vick's latest indiscretion. The trade of Donovan McNabb? The rise of Kevin Kolb? The looming labor issue that could shut down the sport? The possible change in schedule that could result in 18 regular-season games?
December 6, 2012 |
The last time Andy Reid handed over his offense to a rookie quarterback, it was part of a carefully designed plan to develop Donovan McNabb into a franchise quarterback. That isn't the case as Nick Foles takes his place at the top of the depth chart. Nothing about the Eagles looks carefully designed. They have lost eight games in a row and Reid is very likely in his final season - not his first. It is not an ideal environment for a rookie quarterback. That is why Foles' fellow 2012 draftees - especially Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson - have been handled delicately by their coaching staffs.
November 18, 2002 |
Get up, Hugh Douglas said to himself. Get UP. The Eagles defensive end watched Donovan McNabb lying on the Veterans Stadium turf yesterday afternoon and could not wait to see his teammate stand up and walk off the field. "If Donovan went down, something was wrong," Douglas said after the Eagles' 38-14 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. "He doesn't stay down that long. " But when McNabb got up and walked to the sideline under his own power - a sprained right ankle, everybody was told at the time - he appeared to be OK. In fact, he returned to the game and threw four touchdown passes before leaving the game in the fourth quarter to give backup Koy Detmer mop-up duty.
August 6, 2010
EXACTLY two years ago this week, I wrote a column about Brett Favre in which I essentially called him a crybaby. It was shortly after his Hamlet-like turn with his future in the NFL, when "to play, or not to play" became his pathetic mantra. As I said then: "There is something unseemly in the way that people like Brett Favre cling desperately to their place in the sun, refusing to give worthy successors their shot at the brass ring. " And my final jab, an attempt at humor that failed miserably with at least one fan who told me to stop writing about sports and go back to needlepoint: "Instead of walking gracefully off the field to the roar of the fans, he executed one of the worst quarterback fakes in the history of the sport.
January 4, 2009 |
Correll Buckhalter's skills as a sage analyst of his profession are a lot like his skills as an Eagles running back: seldom used and often underappreciated. With the Eagles miraculously in the postseason and favored to advance beyond today's wild-card game against the Minnesota Vikings, Buckhalter was asked New Year's Day what could possibly go wrong for his team inside the Metrodome. "A lot of people didn't think we could lose to the Redskins," Buckhalter said. "If you don't take the right approach preparing through the week, anything can happen to you on Sunday.