Can You play your way out of the Hall of Fame?

This is the random question we ask of..... Donovan McNabb.   The Vikings Quarterback may have won his virst game in Minnesota, but that was mostly due to Adrian Peterson.  Fact is that thus far as a Viking, he has been one of the worst starters in the NFL, and last year he was replaced in Washington in favor of Rex Grossman.  Looking back, there are more questions than answers regarding his last two years in Philadelphia.    Three years ago, when asked about the Hall of Fame chances of McNabb, most people would have said "better than average".     What do they say now?
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0 #7 Knuckles -0001-11-30 00:00
How close a comparison is McNabb to Kenny Stabler, who also led his team to a lot of conference championship games but won the big one the one and only time they finally broke through? Stabler is a popular name among snubbed candidates, despite the late start and poor finish to his career.
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0 #6 EverestMeisterNeg1 -0001-11-30 00:00
Yes jimmy, because obviously losing one super bowl means that everything that you accomplished in your career is meaningless.
Yeah, of course TO is a hall of famer, but that's not the point, and he was a distraction on the philadelphia eagles no matter how much you want to spin it to make it seem like that wasn't the case.
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0 #5 Knuckles -0001-11-30 00:00
I don't think anyone who is a big proponent of the biggest joke in football, Mark "never played in a Super Bowl" Gastineau should call another player pathetic for losing in the super bowl to a superior team.
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0 #4 jimmy26 -0001-11-30 00:00
No way on McNabb. the super bowl choke will last with him forever adn these last threee or four years have been horrendous. TO was right and the Eagles should have traded McNabb before him. TO is a for sure hall of famer who caught ten passes on a broken leg in his only super bowl and had to sit back and watch McNabb and Reid choke the super bowl away and then use him as the scapegoat. Pathetic.
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0 #3 EverestMeisterNeg1 -0001-11-30 00:00
The thing that McNabb has that Krieg and Testaverde don't is that there was a time when McNabb was, if not the best, definately one of the best 3 or 4 quarterbacks in the game, and we can't say that about those two guys. The only reason they have slightly better statistics is because they were around forever. I'-) say McNabb is higher than those 2. Bledsoe is a good comparison in my opinion.
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+1 #2 Spheniscus -0001-11-30 00:00
I don't know if McNabb gets in. He is 16th in passing yardage (about to be 17th since Brady is right behind him), 22nd in passing TDs, and has only one Superbowl appearance, in which he got the lionshare of the blame for not pulling it out (the whole puking during the two minute drill thing).

I guess it comes down to whether or not you think Boomer Esiason is a Hall of Famer, because Boomer is superior in basically every category (14th in yards, 16th in TDs, one superbowl loss)

As is Dave Kreig (13th in yards, 11th in TDs, no superbowl appearances)

As is Drew Bledsoe (8th in yards, 14th in TDs, one superbowl loss)

As is Vinny Testaverde (7th in yards, 9th in TDs, no superbowl appearances) .

So it seems that excluding Favre, who is a first ballot no doubt hall of famer, were he never to throw another pass (which is a possibility at this point), he comes in 5th of the guys who have retired just in the past 15 years. Last of the iffys doesn't seem too likely.
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0 #1 EverestMeisterNeg1 -0001-11-30 00:00
Meh... he's still got a decent shot. He's not gonna be a first ballot, but I never thought he would be a first ballot anyways.
And I think if McNabb does get kept out of the hall of fame, I don't think he will, but if he does, it'll have less to do with his play during his time with the Skins and Vikings and more to do with the amount of melanin in his skin, as much as we don't want to admit that.
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