If you listened to my show Sportsmanlike Conduct today, you heard a guy call in and debate with the crew on the opinion of Donavan Mcnabb being a hall of famer. Here's my argument. Let's look at some of the greatest QB's of all time and compare their numbers.
Joe Montana 40,551 yards 273 TD's 139 Int's 63.2 %
Johnny Unitas 40,239 yards 290 TD's 253 Int's 54.6%
John Elway 51,475 yards 300 TD's 228 Int's 56.9
Terry Bradshaw 27,989 yards 212 TD's 210 Int's 51.9%
Tom Brady 26,446 yards 197 TD's 86 Int's 63%
Peyton Manning 45,628 yards 333 TD's 165 Int's 64.4%
Dan Marino 61,361 yards 420 TD's 252 Int's 59.4%
Brett Farve 65,127 yards 464 TD's 310 Int's 61.6%
Troy Aikman 32,942 yards 165 TD's 141 Int's 61.5%
Steve Young 33,124 yards 232 TD's 107 Int's 64.3%
Roger Staubach 22,700 yards 153 TD's 109 Int's 57%
Fran Tarkenton 47,003 yards 342 TD's 266 Int's 57%
Joe Namath 27,663 yards 173 TD's 220 Int's 50.1%
Bart Starr 24,718 yards 152 TD's 138 Int's 57.4%
Otto Graham 23,584 174 TD's 135 Int's 55.8%
Dan Fouts 43,040 yards 254 TD's 242 Int's 58.8%
Bob Griese 25,092 yards 192 TD's 172 Int's 56.2%
Jim Kelly 35,467 yards 237 TD's 175 Int's 60.1%
These are the best QB's to ever play the game. I may have left one or two off the lis but I believe I did a very thorough job of compiling this list. Now let's look at Donavan McNabb's stats.
29,320 yards 194 TD's 90 Int's 58.9%
These stats are from a 10 year career. Let's say that he plays 5 more years. This is just hypothetical, he could get hurt and play less which would put his HOF bid in jeopardy or he can play another 8 years and be solid. Just for argument sake lets say 5 years throwing for an average of 3,000 yards 19 TD's an 9 Int's a year, which has been his average. That will put him over 44,000 yards 290 TD's 140 Int's.
I know the argument, he didnt win a championship. Ok, true, not to this point anyway. There are a few players on the list that dont have a ring. The next argument is he is playing in an era with greater QB's. Ok, true again. I did not say he will be a first ballot hall of famer, only that he will get in.
Looking at the numbers he will have more passing yards, TD's and Int's than 11 of the players on this list. If he does not win a Super he will have to wait a few years (5-10) after he is eligible to get in. He will get in if he goes another 5 years putting up the number of an average season.
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