Doug Pederson on McNabb to the HOF: ‘You can make an argument for him going in’

Former Eagles QB Donovan McNabb is the greatest quarterback in the team’s history. McNabb has one Super Bowl appearance(Loss to Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX) and has been to the NFC Championship game five times, including four in a row(2000-2004). In 13 seasons, McNabb threw for 37,275 yards, which is more than Hall of Famers Troy Aikman, Kurt Warner, Steve Young, and Jim Kelly. He also has 234 touchdown passes, which is more than Young, Warner, and Aikman.

However, Warner, Aikman, and Young all have won at least one Super Bowl, and while Kelly has not won a Super Bowl, he did make it to four straight Super Bowls.

So, should McNabb be in the Hall? He thinks he belongs, and so does his former head coach Andy Reid.

Today, one of McNabb’s former teammates in Philadelphia, and the current head coach of the Eagles, Doug Pederson, gave his thoughts on McNabb’s candidacy for the Hall.

“Yeah, I think you look at the body of work, I mean, I think there is definitely — you can make a case, you can make an argument for him going in,” Pederson said on Saturday. “You know, obviously in our game, quarterbacks, especially the top-tier quarterbacks, are always thought of as are they Super Bowl winners and things like that.

“I don’t think that has to be the final straw in any decision. How they lead their team for so many years, the numbers they put up, the amount of NFC championship games that he’s led this team to, you could definitely make an argument for it.

“Maybe one day he’ll get an opportunity.”

The only thing that is missing from McNabb’s resume is a Super Bowl title. McNabb had a very good career, but making the Hall could be a tall order for him, and because he fell short so many times in big moments, including the Super Bowl, he might fall just short of being a Hall of Famer.

 

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