Donovan McNabb likes to talk - always has. He also played some good football in his 13-year career, most of it spent with the Philadelphia Eagles. To be fair, he also played some not-so-good football - but who doesn't, right?
Hall of Famers don't play a lot of bad football, for one. Why are we already talking about Donovan McNabb and the HOF? Well, because according to McNabb himself, he thinks he's a lock.
“See, one thing that people don’t realize — I never played the game to make it to the Hall of Fame. I played the game because I love it. I played the game to win. I’m a competitor. When I step out on the field, I feel like I’m the best player on the field. Even these last two years, when people may look at it and say, ‘Oh, he’s done, or whatever.’ I’m 34, 35 years old but still, I played at the pinnacle, I played at the highest level of my career. I played there. And I would vote for myself for the Hall of Fame.”
Of course, one of the things that's blocking his way is the lack of jewelry on his fingers. He addressed that as well:
“Peyton never won the big game until he won the Super Bowl finally. Dan Marino never won the big game. But does that mean his career is a failure? No. Not at all.”
But McNabb never "finally" won the big one, and it doesn't look like he's going to anytime soon.
He also pointed to the fact that his stats are better than the likes of Jim Kelly and Troy Aikman, which they are. Rob Brown at BleacherReport has an interesting take on the stats argument, however:
But let’s not act like McNabb’s stats are the whole story. A lot of the Philadelphia offense ran through the screen pass to Brian Westbrook, but I doubt McNabb will acknowledge that.
Westbrook caught 426 passes in Philadelphia, and although you know that all of them weren’t from screen passes or dump passes, a lot of them were. If you take those passes out of McNabb’s stats, his completion percentage drops from 59% to a staggering 51%.
Still, McNabb wouldn't be the only quarterback to have his stats negatively affected by the subtraction of a star running back. Plus, let's look at some of the accolades - Six time Pro-Bowler, and NFC Player of the year (2004 - Remember he did go on to win the NFC that year), 37,000+ passing yards...
Michael David Smith at NBC Sports thinks it doesn't matter in the end - his bad years at the close of his career will ultimately keep him out of Canton. "McNabb had some very good seasons, and he did look like a future Hall of Famer. But McNabb never took the next step from good quarterback to great quarterback, and his failures in Washington and Minnesota make it extremely unlikely," he says.
For their part, people on Twitter seem to be taking McNabb's declarations as quite the joke:
Donovan McNabb says he'd vote for himself for the Hall of Fame, bringing his HOF vote count to 1.
"Peyton never won the big game until he won the Super Bowl finally." - Donovan McNabb, quarterback, genius
@GDixon410: Think I'll pass on the Donovan McNabb Hall of Fame discussion.Wish McNabb would do the same... RT
Donovan McNabb says he'd vote for himself for the HOF. Of course, someone would have to pick his ballot up off the ground after he cast it.
Donovan McNabb thinks he had a Hall of Fame career. Apparently, the secret ingredient to his mom's Chunky soup is drugs.
Donovan McNabb thinks he's a Hall of Famer. Yawn.
Donovan McNabb believing he's a hall of famer is like Pauly Shore believing he's still relevant.
All I know is I wouldn't put McNabb on my ballot. Would you? Let us know in the comments.