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Sean McCann
Beat Writer

Sean McCann

Former Philadelphia Eagles beat writer for Gannett

Keep Dreaming Donovan


Don't call it a comeback. At least, not if you're talking about Donovan McNabb.

Since he was picked No. 2 overall -- and yes, booed -- in the 1999 Draft, the 10th year Eagles quarterback has never lost his starting job, despite playing poorly at times. He's very rarely had anything but the dutiful, public approval of his coaches and teammates, and it's a good thing, because his fragile ego could not have handled anything less.

If McNabb had faced the adversity that Kurt Warner has, he might be bagging groceries instead of playing in the NFC Championship Game this Sunday.

The Cardinals QB was undrafted, working his way through the arena league before winning a Super Bowl and an MVP Award with the Rams. Then, when the supporting cast crumbled around him in St. Louis, he was discarded again.

At his next two stops, New York and Arizona, he played the part of veteran backup to a pair of quarterbacks who have yet to match his accomplishments. And now, this time with no Marshall Faulk, he has led the Cardinals -- the freaking Cardinals! -- to the brink of the Super Bowl.

In building a career that is pretty close to Canton-worthy, Warner has overcome obstacles both numerous and persistent. McNabb has a complicated relationship with his franchise's massive and rabid fan base. It doesn't seem like much of a comparison.

It's clear McNabb sees himself as an epic hero, redeeming himself from the disgraces of draft day and one half on the bench in Baltimore. But he also thinks he's a renaissance man with a razor sharp sense of humor.

Do not be fooled.

By Sean McCann  |  January 15, 2009; 8:21 AM ET  | Category:  Arizona Cardinals , Philadelphia Eagles Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Sean McCann? Who are you? What is your problem with McNabb?

You are a "former Philadelphia Eagles Beat Writer" for Gannet? What did McNabb do to make you angry? Refuse to do an interview?

The question was not an invitation to attack one of these two great QBs, it was to talk about their story of redemption.

I hope we can get someone without an agenda (and who people respect) of to wiegh in on this. Please WaPo...

Posted by: eor11 | January 15, 2009 9:09 PM

what a waste of time.

let's go Eagles!

Posted by: nyc_flyers_fan | January 16, 2009 9:05 AM

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