25. Donovan McNabb
Career Stats: 37,276 passing yards, 234 touchdowns, 117 interceptions
Individual Accolades: 6-time Pro Bowl selection
Had a few games gone differently during McNabb’s career, there is a good chance he’d be pushing the top-20 of this list. In his first year as Philadelphia’s starting quarterback, McNabb finished second in MVP voting, leading the Eagles to the playoffs before being sent home by the Giants.
The following year, McNabb led the Eagles to their first NFC Championship game since 1980.
From 2001-2004, the McNabb-led Eagles reached the NFC Championship Game four consecutive years, ultimately falling short in their first three attempts. 2004 finally resulted in the breakthrough the Eagles were waiting for, as McNabb torched the competition on the way to Super Bowl XXXIX.
McNabb threw for 31 touchdowns and had only 8 interceptions during the regular season, becoming the first NFL quarterback to throw for more than 30 touchdowns with less than 10 interceptions in a season. His talented Eagles squad didn’t win a championship, but advancing to four consecutive NFC Championships is no small feat. At the end of the day, McNabb should find himself in the Hall of Fame.
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24. Eli Manning
Career Stats: 51,682 passing yards, 339 touchdowns, 228 interceptions
Individual Accolades: 2-time Super Bowl Champion/MVP (XLII, XLVI), 4-time Pro Bowl selection
The lesser of the Manning brothers, Eli has still put himself in position to one day enter the Hall of Fame. There is a case to be made that without the two Super Bowl victories, Eli would be seen as a slightly above-average quarterback, but you can’t knock his durability and knack for clutch plays.
Until the controversial benching late last year, Eli had started every game for the Giants since 2005. In Manning’s two Super Bowl appearances, he led last-minute game-winning drives against the New England Patriots. The drives will ultimately be remembered by the two miraculous catches, but Manning was able to keep plays alive and make all the necessary throws to win.
Recent seasons haven’t been as kind to the Giants, but if there is talent around Manning, there’s a chance for another run. Tied with his brother Peyton with two Super Bowl victories, Eli’s place amongst the all-time greats would surely be enhanced by a third championship.
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