93 Facts About Donovan McNabb


Donovan Jamal McNabb was born on November 25,1976 and is an American former football quarterback who played in the National Football League for 13 seasons, primarily with the Philadelphia Eagles.


Donovan McNabb played college football at Syracuse University and was selected second overall in the 1999 NFL Draft by the Eagles, where he spent 11 seasons.


Donovan McNabb was inducted to the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame in 2013.


Donovan McNabb is the Eagles' franchise leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns, attempts, and completions.


Donovan McNabb attended Mount Carmel High School, where as a sophomore, he was a teammate of future NFL players Simeon Rice and Matt Cushing.


Donovan McNabb excelled at track and field, and played basketball with Antoine Walker.


Donovan McNabb initially leaned toward attending Nebraska, as he relished the idea of being coached by Tom Osborne.


Donovan McNabb amassed 2,892 yards of total offense in his junior season to set a school record.


Donovan McNabb rushed 135 times for 438 yards and eight touchdowns.


Donovan McNabb ranked sixth in the nation with a 158.9 passing efficiency rating and 22nd in total offense, with 233.8 yards per game.


Donovan McNabb tied a school record with four touchdown passes against Cincinnati, and scored five touchdowns against Miami.


Donovan McNabb was teammates with future NFL star Marvin Harrison for one season at Syracuse.


Donovan McNabb was named the Big East's offensive player of the decade for the 1990s, and Big East Offensive Player of the Year three times from 1996 to 1998, as well as the first-team all-conference vote earner in each of his four seasons.


Donovan McNabb was a finalist for the 1998 Heisman Trophy.


Donovan McNabb was a walk-on for two seasons for the Syracuse basketball team under head coach Jim Boeheim.


Donovan McNabb spent two years as a reserve on the school's nationally ranked basketball team, including the 1996 squad that lost to Kentucky in the National Championship game.


Donovan McNabb was drafted in the first round as the second overall pick by the Eagles, behind first pick Tim Couch, in the 1999 NFL Draft.


Donovan McNabb was the second of five quarterbacks selected in the first 12 picks of a quarterback-rich class that was at that point considered the best quarterback draft since the famous class of 1983.


Donovan McNabb had nine carries for 49 rushing yards and led the team to a pair of successful two-point conversions.


Donovan McNabb was the first Eagles rookie to start at quarterback since Brad Goebel, and the first Eagles rookie draft pick to start since John Reaves in 1972.


Donovan McNabb went on to start six of the Eagles' final seven contests.


Donovan McNabb's 125 rushing yards were the most by an NFL quarterback since the Chicago Bears' Bobby Douglass rushed for 127 on December 17,1972, and was the eighth-best rushing effort by a quarterback since 1940 when the T formation was introduced.


Donovan McNabb was selected as a first alternate to the NFC Pro Bowl squad in 2000.


When Warner was unable to participate due to injury, Donovan McNabb took his spot and led the NFC on a touchdown-scoring drive in his first series.


Donovan McNabb's 629 rushing yards in 2000 led the Eagles, made McNabb only the third quarterback since 1970 to lead his team in rushing, and at the time was the fourth-highest season rushing total by a quarterback.


Donovan McNabb's six rushing touchdowns in 2000 were the most by an Eagles quarterback since Randall Cunningham, who had six in 1988.


Donovan McNabb broke the club's single-season record for most attempts and completions in 2000, marks previously set by Cunningham in 1988.


Donovan McNabb was named 2000 NFL Player of the Year by CBS Radio and the Terry Awards on Fox Sports and was named to the All-Madden team.


Donovan McNabb was named NFL Offensive Player of the Week after the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Chicago Bears on January 19,2002, completing 26-of-40 for 262 yards and two touchdowns passing and adding 37 yards and a touchdown on the ground, which was the final touchdown at the old Soldier Field.


Donovan McNabb earned his second trip to the Pro Bowl following the 2001 season after combining for 3,715 yards of total offense and establishing career highs in touchdown passes and quarterback rating.


Donovan McNabb was named by his teammates as the club's offensive MVP in 2000 and 2001.


In 2002, Donovan McNabb was named NFC Offensive Player of the Month for September, his first time receiving that award.


In week 11 of the 2002 season, Donovan McNabb suffered a broken fibula.


Donovan McNabb fumbled the ball, fell to the ground, and held his right leg.


Donovan McNabb went to the locker room to have his ankle taped, but returned for the Eagles' second drive.


Donovan McNabb's injury was reported to be a sprained ankle, but X-rays after the game revealed that McNabb had broken his fibula in three places.


Donovan McNabb was out for the last six weeks of the regular season.


Donovan McNabb returned to face the Atlanta Falcons in the playoffs, but he recovered slowly.


Donovan McNabb became the first quarterback to rush for more than 100 yards in a postseason game, surpassing the previous record which Otto Graham held for over 50 years.


Donovan McNabb completed the critical 4th and 26 pass to Freddie Mitchell during the game-tying drive at the end of regulation.


Donovan McNabb was knocked out of the NFC title game after being hit on the ground by Panthers' linebacker Greg Favors after he had been tripped up on a broken play.


The Eagles' successes from 2000 to 2003 came despite Donovan McNabb having only one receiving target who appeared in the Pro Bowl during that time, TE Chad Lewis.


Donovan McNabb finally amassed the kind of numbers that placed him firmly as one of the elite NFL quarterbacks statistically.


Donovan McNabb passed for an Eagles' record 464 yards and five touchdowns, which all came in the first half.


Donovan McNabb became only the third African-American quarterback to start in a Super Bowl after Doug Williams in 1987 and Steve McNair in 1999.


Donovan McNabb struggled at times as the Patriots' defense stifled the Eagles' running attack, limiting the team to only 45 yards rushing.


Donovan McNabb threw three crucial interceptions, two of which were thrown in New England territory, and one of those two was inside the 20-yard line.


Controversy surrounded the end of the game, as center Hank Fraley claimed that Donovan McNabb was seriously ill.


However, in an interview with NBC, Donovan McNabb said he was not sick and did not throw up.


Some reports claim that Donovan McNabb had the wind knocked out of him by an earlier hit, while others assert that he was unduly fatigued.


An article written by a staff member of The Philadelphia Inquirer refuted allegations of Donovan McNabb throwing up during the Super Bowl and even labeled the alleged incident "a myth".


Donovan McNabb was intercepted by Roy Williams towards the end of the game, and tried to tackle the defender when Scott Shanle came in and tackled Donovan McNabb to the ground.


Donovan McNabb had injured his groin on the play and was placed on the injured-reserve list later that week.


Donovan McNabb had his share of problems, completing less than half of his passes for 184 yards and one touchdown.


Donovan McNabb completed 21 of his 26 attempted passes for 381 yards.


Donovan McNabb was 14 of 15 for 332 yards in the first half.


The Giants' defense, led by defensive end Osi Umenyiora, sacked Donovan McNabb a record-tying 12 times.


Donovan McNabb completed 15 of 31 attempted passes for 138 yards and no touchdowns.


Donovan McNabb later indicated that this was not true, and stated that although he believed rookie Kevin Kolb's time would come, he would be an Eagle the next season.


Donovan McNabb caused another mild stir in camp when he suggested that the Eagles should not have lost a game to any of their NFC East opponents the previous season.


Donovan McNabb felt that they were just a few plays away from being a playoff team.


In week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Donovan McNabb threw his 176th career touchdown, passing Ron Jaworski and becoming the Eagles' all-time touchdown-pass leader.


Donovan McNabb later admitted that he was not aware that an NFL regular-season game could end in a tie, leading to controversy because this could have affected game strategy.


Donovan McNabb set a career high with 3,916 yards passing and led the Eagles to a franchise-record 416 points.


On January 11,2009, Donovan McNabb led the Eagles past the defending champions, the New York Giants, in the divisional round of the playoffs.


Donovan McNabb encouraged the Eagles to sign quarterback Michael Vick to the team as a backup upon his release from prison for his part in a criminal dog fighting operation.


Donovan McNabb completed 10 of his 18 passes for a total of 79 yards and two touchdowns.


However, Andy Reid said the following Monday that Donovan McNabb broke a rib while rushing for a touchdown in the third quarter.


The Eagles were hopeful Donovan McNabb would start in the week-2 game against the New Orleans Saints, but he was kept on the sidelines in both weeks 2 and 3.


Donovan McNabb reached 200 career touchdowns and 30,000 career yards passed in a win against the Washington Redskins on October 26,2009 with a 45-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson.


Donovan McNabb struggled early on and was unable to get the offense into a rhythm until too late.


Donovan McNabb was given Pro Bowl honors for the last time in his career.


Donovan McNabb was 3 of 10 for 78 yards and one touchdown to DeSean Jackson, while leading the NFC team in rushing with four carries for 26 yards.


Donovan McNabb threw one touchdown and was intercepted twice, with the second interception coming on fourth down in the last minute of the fourth quarter against the visiting Indianapolis Colts.


In week 8, Shanahan stated in a press conference that Donovan McNabb would remain the Redskins' starting quarterback.


On November 15,2010, Donovan McNabb signed a five-year extension worth $78 million with a chance to make it $88 million by completing incentives.


The deal stated that if Donovan McNabb was not cut or traded at the conclusion of the 2010 season, he would receive a $10 million bonus.


Donovan McNabb finished the game going 17 of 31 for 295 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.


Donovan McNabb had perhaps one of the worst years of his career since 1999, going down in touchdowns and up in interceptions.


However, at the time Donovan McNabb was demoted to third string, he was on pace to total 4,156 passing yards for the season, which would have broken the Redskins' all-time franchise record, and been the first time he had exceeded the 4,000-yard mark in his career.


Donovan McNabb was rumored to be a possible addition to the Vikings for the past three years, in part due to his relationship with then-coach Brad Childress, the former Eagles offensive coordinator.


Donovan McNabb requested and was granted his release from the team on December 1,2011, with a reported interest in joining the Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, or his hometown Chicago Bears, all three of which lost their starting quarterbacks for the season to injury, but were still making playoff pushes.


On July 29,2013, Donovan McNabb officially retired from professional football as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.


In September 2012, Donovan McNabb joined the NFL Network as an analyst.


Donovan McNabb married his college sweetheart, Raquel Ann Sarah "Roxie" Nurse, in June 2003.


In 2002, Donovan McNabb, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in speech communication from Syracuse University, was named to the institution's board of trustees; he is one of the youngest trustees to have served there.


Donovan McNabb currently is an athlete partner and serves on the advisory board for MODe Sports Nutrition.


Donovan McNabb played basketball at Syracuse University as a reserve guard.


Donovan McNabb is the brother-in-law of former Canadian Football League player Richard Nurse.


On June 28,2015, Donovan McNabb was arrested for DUI following a traffic accident in Gilbert, Arizona.


Donovan McNabb pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 90 days, 18 to be served in jail and the remainder under house arrest.


Donovan McNabb was assessed a $6,000 fine and required to do 30 hours of community service.


Donovan McNabb paid his fine and began serving his time on November 30,2015.