How Will Philly Fans Treat Donovan McNabb?

Oct 1, 2010

It is going to be weird on Sunday when Donovan McNabb returns to The Link sporting the Redskins burgundy and gold. He’ll still wear that trademark smile and don the #5, but everything else will be different. 
The question is, how will he be received by Philadelphia’s notorious fans? They booed Mike Schmidt and Santa Claus. They’ve thrown snowballs. How will they treat the QB they booed on draft day back in 1999?
My guess is that he’ll receive a warm introduction. Sure, there will be some boos, but for the most part the Eagles fans will show their appreciation prior to kick-off.
I attended Charles Barkley’s first game back to the Spectrum following his trade to Phoenix and Barkley had a raucous standing ovation from the Sixers crowd. In fact, the Sixers players were booed during their introduction because the fans felt they weren’t given enough time to cheer Sir Charles. A fan came on the court while Barkley was shooting a free throw to hug him.
Granted, Charles Barkley was a more beloved figure in Philly than McNabb, but I do believe the fans have appreciated the success the Eagles have had.
Once the game starts though, all bets are off.
As far as his level of play, I believe he’ll rise to the occasion, which is why I have him on the Start side of the ledger in this week’s sit/start article (click here to see the article).

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. 3rdStoneFromTheSun
    October 1st, 2010 at 11:43 pm #

    think it will be 50/50 boos /applause for the first 30 seconds after he comes out the tunnel
    then 100% boos from then on
    he isn’t Mike Schmidt, but he wasn’t treated a whole lot better when he was there

  2. LestersLegends
    October 2nd, 2010 at 5:52 am #

    It wasn’t his choice to leave. I hope they have enough sense to thank him for his years there.

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