7 Reasons Donovan McNabb Is The Most Underrated NFL Player Of His Era
Despite the 10-year, $115 million contract he received in 2001, the Campbell’s Soup commercials that introduced his face to the entire country and all the fame which comes along with being a professional football player in the NFL—a professional quarterback at that—I don’t envy Donovan McNabb. At all.
Sure, he makes millions for playing a game lots of guys would play for free, but at what price? For the last decade, McNabb has been subjected to more scrutiny than any other superstar player in the NFL. He’s never been in trouble, never disrespected anyone he’s played with, and never done anything to consciously ruin his reputation. Yet, McNabb has continuously caught heat from fans, coaches, fellow players and the press more often than anyone else in the NFL during his 12-year NFL career. In fact, at this very moment, he’s fighting off news stories in which his head coach Mike Shanahan contends that McNabb was taken out of a game two weeks ago because he didn’t know the offense well enough. It’s just the latest hurdle for McNabb.
And you know what? It’s all BS. For years, I was a New York Giants fan who rooted against McNabb. When his Washington Redskins play my G-Men later this season, I’ll root against him again. But, for now, someone has to stick up for the guy. Because despite his best efforts, he is—in my opinion—the most underrated NFL player of his era. Here are seven reasons why.