Donovan McNabb’s Hall of Fame case falls flat in Twitter poll

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Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb believes he deserves a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. So we put the question out to a vote, on Twitter.

With nearly 40,000 votes cast during the 24-hour window, 75 percent of those responding disagreed with McNabb.

Public opinion doesn’t matter. McNabb’s opinion doesn’t matter. What ultimately matters is whether enough members of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee deem McNabb worthy of enshrinement.

And it remains difficult to see McNabb ever getting enough votes to get in, relative to the performances of his peers and the glut of Hall of Fame candidates whose careers have ended (Peyton Manning), whose careers soon will end (Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger), and whose career has to end at some point, right? (Tom Brady).

Other quarterbacks may suffer the same fate in a numbers game featuring a collection of quarterbacks with stellar numbers. Tony Romo and Eli Manning also may have a very hard time getting in.

Romo, like McNabb, has no championships to show for his career. Eli has two, but Selection Committee member Charean Williams raised an intriguing point earlier this year on PFT Live. The late-career struggles of Peyton Manning’s kid brother could actually undermine (and eventually derail) Eli’s shot at enshrinement.

62 responses to “Donovan McNabb’s Hall of Fame case falls flat in Twitter poll

  1. Seriously, it’s universally-understood he’s NOT a HoF QB.
    Let’s stop talking about him now.

  2. Ok if McNabb isn’t HOF, then neither is Phillip Rivers. Anybody who argues that Rivers is but McNabb isn’t, is a hypocrite.

    Let’s talk numbers first…

    As a passer…Rivers has better numbers. But then you include McNabbs rushing totals and it basically puts McNabb maybe a whisker behind Rivers.

    Now let’s talk winning:

    McNabb went to FIVE straight Conference Championships. Now they’re even.

    Lastly McNabb appeared in a Super bowl. I think Phillip Rivers appeared on an episode of Mad About You.

    Now McNabb is AHEAD of Rivers.

    Neither is a Hall of famer probably, but anybody who says Rivers belongs and McNabb doesn’t is absolutley CLUELESS.

  3. McNabb needs to take a good look at his QB rating for four of those five years he was in the championship. Plus, three interceptions thrown during the Super Bowl? That is not pro bowl, and I’m an Eagles fan.

  4. I live in Eagles Country and even the fans here don’t believe he deserves induction. The Eagles used to have summer camp up here at Lehigh U so many have met him personally and don’t particularly like him. He’s a bit into himself and likes to act like everyone should idolize him. Looking at it strictly from a football perspective, Donovan was good but not great and started to lose his talents very early in his career.

  5. I don’t think he should get in. I don’t think he will get in. I also don’t think the thought of considering him is as atrocious as a lot of other people. For straight NFC CGs, a SB appearance and some incredibly magical plays over the course of his career at least puts him in the conversation in my opinion

  6. When you puke away the biggest moment in the biggest game of your life because you can’t handle the pressure, no you don’t belong in HOF.

  7. Romo, Rivers, Eli and potentially Big Ben won’t be in the HoF. I don’t consider any of these guys transcendantally-special within their era.

    Best of era is arguably not enough for Pro Football Hall of Fame… we need some special sauce or magic or legend status to accompany a ring. Eli’s quality is he handled NYC as a country boy. 🤷🏻‍♂️
    I’ll remember Rivers & Romo for failure to lead decently-stacked teams to serious playoff runs. 🤷🏻‍♂️ Big Ben is closest to it, but even he has career-long character concerns. 🤷🏻‍♂️

    No need to let ‘close’ in a Hall of Fame, this isn’t the NBA here.

  8. Eli Manning will be elected to the HOF due to the combination of his surname and two rings, even if those rings were largely won on the strength of those Giant defenses. Lucky or not, Eli was involved in some memorable plays in their wins.

    Romo will be lucky if he ever makes the final fifteen. He has no business in the HOF, but he would certainly not be the first person elected who had no business in the HOF.

  9. People just enjoy dumping on McNabb. He was an elite player and for a time was one of THE players you worried about facing. My team faced him twice a year and I have nothing but respect for Donovan. Not a first ballot guy by any stretch but people saying Romo was better are completely insane or just haters.

  10. Was listening to hall of fame football writer Ray Didinger yesterday. Ray has had a front row seat for Donovan’s entire career, and his own career as a football writer goes back to the early 60s.

    His spot on assessment: if you have to debate whether or not a guy should go in — that is, if there’s any question whatsoever — then, no, he’s not a hall of famer.

    Donovan was a good player. Not HoF material, however.

  11. Romo is a no. Rivers is a no. McNabb is a no. Eli would have been a yes but he just keeps getting worse and doesn’t know when to quit; a really good couple seasons and a clean transition at QB for his team could redeem him (but isn’t likely); he may still get in cuz NYC. Ben should be a no but will end up a yes (cuz Steelers). Brees yes. Brady yes. No one else is definite at QB right now IMO.

  12. If Terrell Davis is a h.o.f. , Mcnabb should be in. The guy was a very solid qb while in philly, the run in Washington and the fact he cant keep his mouth shut probably ruined his chances, To be honest though i think steve mcnair deserves consideration as well he won an mvp and was a beast on the goalline, 39 rushing tds is more than randall Cunningham and one less than vick, Vick wont get in, nor should he, but he was fun to watch

  13. I actually thought McNabb was a really underrated performer from about 2002 to 2005 but the problem is he didn’t get any better. Once his athleticism waned so too did his quarterbacking. He didn’t have enough arm talent or playmaking to take it to the next level.

  14. Lmao, ppl saying no to Rivers and Eli, just stop, go back to watching flag football kids!!! Eli, 56,000 yds 360 tds 84.1 PR. Rivers, 55,000 yds 374 tds and a 95.6 PR. Clear HOF material!!

  15. If you come out and say you belong in the Hall of Fame, you don’t belong in the Hall of Fame.

  16. I am not the type who says a QB has to win a SB to get into the HOF. But in saying that, McNabb still has no business to even be considered for the HOF.

  17. Chris Carter started crying and crying and crying until they got so tired of it they voted him in. McNabb is just starting his crying speel. Give him a few more years of crying and he’ll be in.

  18. One thing that I think ALL the qb’s in the hall have in common is they didn’t lobby for themselves in the media to get into the hall. That’s a clear cut not-hall-of-fame quality.

    I have green, black, and white mcnabb jerseys, but I’m realistic about these things. As long as cunningham waits, mcnabb will be waiting for damn sure.

  19. Lol. Everyone knocking Rivers’ HOF chances equating McNabb to him. Rivers is 8th all-time in career passing yards, 6th all-time in career passing TDs, He’s also 8th all-time in passer rating, just behind Peyton Manning.

    If he plays the expected 2-3 more years at his current level, he’ll easily pass Marino, and a few others in the top 5 all-time in those categories. He’s already significantly ahead of guys like Elway, Unitas, Moon, Montana, etc…in almost all QBing categories.

    Rivers is first ballot. You cannot make the comparison to McNabb. That’s incredibly dumb.

  20. Lol. Everyone knocking Rivers’ HOF chances equating McNabb to him. Rivers is 8th all-time in career passing yards, 6th all-time in career passing TDs, He’s also 8th all-time in passer rating, just behind Peyton Manning.

    If he plays the expected 2-3 more years at his current level, he’ll easily pass Marino, and a few others in the top 5 all-time in those categories. He’s already significantly ahead of guys like Elway, Unitas, Moon, Montana, etc…in almost all QBing categories.

    Rivers is first ballot. You cannot make the comparison to McNabb. That’s incredibly dumb.

  21. If Eli Maning’s Career consisted of only those two super bowl seasons, he would make the hall of fame. But his entire career, particularly those years after the second SB win indicates, as this article infers, that Manning is NOT a HOFer.

  22. I dont think mcnabb, romo, rivers, or roethlisberger deserve to get in. I think there are other positions of players who were better in their era. Unless one of them wins a super bowl.

  23. Not seeing how Philip Rivers is in the conversation if McNabb isn’t, unless there’s a late career Super Bowl for PR. Romo? Please. Ben…..yeah, he’s in, unsavory rep notwithstanding. Eli? Isn’t he just a Jim Plunkett who held onto his job? We’re also at the point where you wonder about Matt Stafford, aka Phil Rivers with worse weather.

  24. From someone who followed his entire career here in Philly:
    1. He deserves to be debated as a HoFer
    2. He doesn’t deserve to get in to the HoF
    3. No SB wins is the deciding factor for me
    3.1. Keep in mind tho, other than one year of Owens, he threw to some of the worst collection of receivers year after year and for the large majority of his career. Give him a few years with Owens and he might’ve won a ring and he surely would’ve had much better numbers. His receivers were perennial trash. Westbrook was a stud but when he’s the best receiver on the Team? Yikes.

  25. lanzurrah says:
    May 26, 2019 at 4:41 pm
    Lol. Everyone knocking Rivers’ HOF chances equating McNabb to him. Rivers is 8th all-time in career passing yards, 6th all-time in career passing TDs, He’s also 8th all-time in passer rating, just behind Peyton Manning.

    If he plays the expected 2-3 more years at his current level, he’ll easily pass Marino, and a few others in the top 5 all-time in those categories. He’s already significantly ahead of guys like Elway, Unitas, Moon, Montana, etc…in almost all QBing categories.

    Rivers is first ballot. You cannot make the comparison to McNabb. That’s incredibly dumb.
    ———————————-
    These are all stats he’s accumulated from playing a long time. Rivers is a good quarterback, but like McNabb, I don’t see Hall of Fame when I watch him play. Rivers will get in for longevity, but he doesn’t really belong in the HoF.

  26. Eli Manning should merit little or no consideration for the Hall five years after he retires. 360 touchdown passes and counting, no big deal. Winner of two Super Bowls, yeah, and? Winner of two Super Bowl MVPs – since 1967, somebody has won the award every year. Creator of the greatest quarterback play in Super Bowl history – watch the replay of Manning’s 4th quarter escape, rollout and great pass down the middle of the field leading to win number one – yawner. And the late game, 4th and long pass on to two grains of gold completion to MarIo Manningham that led to win number two – whoop-de-do!

  27. McNabb had Trash, Stinkston and Fred ex as his wide receivers. Even Joe Montana couldn’t win a Super Bowl with those receivers. It wasn’t until McNabb got TO for the one year that they went to the Super Bowl. So I think he deserves to be in the Hall Of Fame.

  28. Romo does not deserve to get in for his play on the field, but honestly I believe he will eventually get in.

    His spot in the media will keep his name familiar to everyone. Add in that the media has a habit of looking out for one another.

  29. I never though of Brian Dawkins as a Hall Of Farmer but he got in so stranger things have happened !!!

  30. Actually Iam in my colleges football Hall of Fame Division 1 ,,how about you iggles1960 ???

  31. To everyone bringing up career stats for Rivers, Eli, etc…

    1. Longevity doesn’t = greatness

    2. Passing numbers have been greatly inflated over the last 10 years due to rule changes.

    Rivers nor Eli were ever in the top 5 conversation among QB’s. Eli wasn’t even close to top 10 at any point.

  32. Evaluating quarterbacks has never been about “the numbers”. Still isn’t.
    And to use the numbers from the bump and run era and before is preposterous. ZERO wide receiver screens, zero five yard outs, tight ends of little value because they were blocked every step they took, head slaps and anything else legal on the lines… not to mention Jack Tatum Chuck Bednarik kill shots. Different game. Better game, actually, but that’s another subject.
    Winning, and coming up huge under the greatest pressure, has always defined great QB’s. The great ones come up big when it matters. And this dude will always be known best for literally puking on his shoes in the biggest moment of his career. NOT a winner. NOT a HOF’er. Hall of Very Good, perhaps, if that.

  33. No way in hell is Eli going to the Hall Of Fame. He’s Jay Cutler or worse. He’s an interception machine that rode his defense. He is not even the best QB in the NFC East now and when they went to the SB.

  34. So, Rivers’ longevity…and not missing a game is a detriment to his electability, as opposed to a attribute compared to someone like Favre….ok, lol. Take the top 5-7 seasons of Rivers and compare them to say…the top 5-7 seasons of any of the QBs inducted over the past 40 years. He either surpasses or is right there within that comparison. A lot of you lead your HOF discussions/takes based solely on “how I feel…”, or “what I see…”, or simply don’t like the guy…that’s not an argument against someone’s HOF candidacy.

  35. Donovan, please just shut up and go away! I would like to think that the responses have pretty much explained how the football world feels about you! Do us all a favor and ride off into the sunset! See ya!
    HALL OF LAME!

  36. Does he know there are no ties in the hall of fame you’re either a Hall of Famer or you’re not.

  37. eli will get in for this reason alone: he’s a #1 overall pick with 2 super bowl rings. he took out an 18-0 bill belichick team with tom brady at qb. and he did it twice. so eli’s bid is signed sealed and delivered as we speak. he might even get in before tom. who knows! nothing anyone says will change my mind either. eli is going in canton ohio one day. 100% sure of it.

  38. cases for mcnabb to be enshrined: 92-49-1 (.647) as eagles starting qb, 9-7 postseason won loss with a hero like performance @ sb xxxix 30-51 357 3 pass tds in a 24-21 loss. i’m voting yes if i were given a ballot with his name on it. compare his numbers to jim kelly who didn’t rush for 3,000 yds 30 tds 😊

  39. eli will get in for this reason alone: he’s a #1 overall pick with 2 super bowl rings. he took out an 18-0 bill belichick team with tom brady at qb. and he did it twice. so eli’s bid is signed sealed and delivered as we speak. he might even get in before tom. who knows! nothing anyone says will change my mind either. eli is going in canton ohio one day. 100% sure of it. let’s compare eli to fran tarkenton. fran had 47,000 + pass yds & 347 td pass, eli has 55,000 + pass yds & 360 pass tds. i did upon further review consider something that could keep eli out and that’s more starting qb losses than starting qb wins [ as it stands now he’s 116-114 ] so maybe if eli reads this he’ll consider the merits of this comment.

  40. Eli Manning’s late career has nothing to do with his non-HOF status. He has never come remotely close, as his ONLY seemingly legit argument has actually been built on team accomplishments. The likes of McNabb and Romo would get in a number of times over before Eli Manning’s turn would come.

  41. Minerslung … unless one of them wins a Super Bowl??? You do know Ben’s won two, right?

  42. Anyone who thinks McNabb, Romo, Eli Manning or Phillip Rivers should be in the HOF just doesn’t understand what the honor is about. It isn’t about putting up statistics, it is about being consistently great throughout a career, not consistently good or really good but great. I would argue that less and not more players should be voted into the HOF or it simply isn’t a Hall of Fame, it is a Hall of Good Players.

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