A few months ago I wrote a blog on McNabb being released from Washington. I really thought that his career was over. Of course I was wrong and he went and signed with the Vikings. Now I won’t be brazen enough and say that he is finally done since a lot of media outlets are saying that he is off to Houston next.
McNabb is finally done, he is just doesn’t want to admit it. I think the toughest part for an aging professional player to accept is that his skills just aren’t there. I think every guy goes through this at some point in his life. I know for me it was right around 33. My mind knew what to do, but the body couldn’t execute it. I knew it was over when I couldn’t throw from third to first anymore without a sharp pain in my shoulder.
For NFL players it’s much more complex, they are freaks of nature and even when they are only running 50%, the superstars (like McNabb was) are better than the backups. For McNabb though, he doesn’t have the arm strength anymore or the mobility he once had. He was never a precision passer but when you have to sit in the pocket you have to be. I hope during the off season he will sit down and take a good look at his career and where he is now and decide maybe it’s time to head to the broadcaster booth.
He’s a sharp good looking guy who knows his football and would do great on the air. You know someone will pick him up, it’s just a matter of time. However next year will be different, he shouldn’t expect a call until mid season if at all. He’s not going to accept a backup roll so I’m just thinking that this might be it for him. The good news is that this could only allow his cards to rebound. His autographs on eBay run from $8 – $25, which I expect to go up (if only slightly) when he retires. My feeling is that he is a Hall of Famer, he currently stands as a top 25 in four major categories for his career. The problem is going to be when you think McNabb do you think Hall of Famer, I don’t but after you look at his career he makes sense. I just wonder how many writers are going to feel the same way?
What’s your take on McNabb?