Donovan McNabb

Donovan McNabb places bet on Eagles to win Super Bowl

Donovan McNabb places bet on Eagles to win Super Bowl

Donovan McNabb got to place the first bet at a new sportsbook at del Lago Resort in Rochester, New York.

The bet: His former team winning the Super Bowl at 14/1.

While McNabb has been known to be critical of the Eagles in the past — most notably of current franchise QB Carson Wentz — he did tell our Amy Fadool back in July that he believed the Birds would win the Super Bowl.

McNabb is a local legend in upstate New York for his time starring at Syracuse.

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Andy Reid chimes in on Donovan McNabb's Hall of Fame credentials

Andy Reid chimes in on Donovan McNabb's Hall of Fame credentials

Donovan McNabb thinks he’s a Hall of Famer.

And his former coach does, too.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, who spent 11 years here with McNabb, told reporters covering the Chiefs Wednesday that McNabb deserves to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“I’m his biggest fan. I was there, I know he belongs there,” Reid told reporters at Chiefs training camp in St. Joseph, Mo., according to a video tweeted out by Kimberley A. Martin of Yahoo Sports. “You talk about the great players in the National Football League? Five championship games, a Super Bowl? All those things? Great football player and did some things that weren’t being done at that particular time in a lot of areas. I think the world of him.”

McNabb told TMZ Sports back in May he believes he had a Hall of Fame career.

“I’m not hesitating on that. I am a Hall of Famer,” he said. “When they look at my numbers, yeah, but then they always want to add other stuff into it. ‘Was he an All-Pro? Was he this? How many Super Bowl opportunities?' … My numbers are better than Troy Aikman.”

McNabb ranks 11th in NFL history with nine playoff wins, but he was also 1-4 in NFC Championship Games and lost his only Super Bowl appearance back in 2004.

Every other quarterback in NFL history that’s won at least nine playoff games that’s eligible is in the Hall of Fame. But they’ve all also won at least one Super Bowl, other than Jim Kelly, who got to four.

McNabb spent 11 years with the Eagles before finishing his career with the Redskins and Vikings.

This was the fourth year he was eligible for the Hall.

The only players in the Hall of Fame who spent more than half their career with the Eagles are Brian Dawkins, Chuck Bednarik, Reggie White, Pete Pihos, Tommy McDonald and Steve Van Buren.

This year's Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony is scheduled for Saturday in Canton, Ohio.

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Donovan McNabb reflects on Eagles career, motivation from 'opinionated fans,' more in interview

Donovan McNabb reflects on Eagles career, motivation from 'opinionated fans,' more in interview

While many Eagles fans have mixed emotions about Donovan McNabb and his tenure as a Philadelphia Eagle, that feeling is not mutual. 

In town Thursday to meet kids at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in the Nicetown section of Philadelphia, McNabb told me that it’s all happy when he reflects on his time with the Eagles.

“I don’t get involved in the banter outside, the negative or people’s opinions," he said. "It was fulfilling a dream of playing football. And I have four kids of my own who were a part of the run we had here in Philadelphia so it was fun — it was a lot of fun.”

As for this year’s Eagles team, McNabb believes this squad can get to the Super Bowl, and he feels that everything begins and ends with Carson Wentz and his health. But it comes as no surprise that the former quarterback picked the guys who protect Wentz as most important to the Eagles' success outside of the signal caller.

“I think that offensive line has to gel like they were a couple years ago and take pressure off of Carson," McNabb said.

And yes, Philly fans, Five will always love you … and laugh with you. 

“I truly love what the fans have done for me and the support that I’ve had through my career," he said. "Sometimes you have your opinionated fans and that motivates and drives me, to this day. I laughed about it now and I laughed about it then.”

Fans will have a chance to chuckle with McNabb this fall when he’s inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame on November 7.

You can watch more of my interview with McNabb above.

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