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Donovan McNabb officially retired as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, and the team will retire his No. 5 on Sept. 19. It's a well-deserved honor for the longtime Eagles quarterback, who led the team to eight playoff appearances, five division titles, five NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl berth. Still, McNabb never won the Super Bowl, placing him on this list of QBs who failed to triumph on the biggest stage. Who is the best of them? Click on the boxes to set your rankings!

Rank: QBs to never win Super Bowl

Ken Anderson

Ken Anderson

Bengals
91-81
32,838 yards, 59.3 cmp%, 197 TDs, 160 INTs

Randall Cunningham

Randall Cunningham

Eagles/Vikings/2 others
82-52-1
29,979 yards, 56.6 cmp%, 207 TDs, 134 INTs

Boomer Esiason

Boomer Esiason

Bengals/Jets/Cardinals
80-93
37,920 yards, 57.0 cmp%, 247 TDs, 184 INTs

Jim Everett

Jim Everett

Rams/Saints/Chargers
64-89
34,837 yards, 57.7 cmp%, 203 TDs, 175 INTs

Dan Fouts

Dan Fouts

Chargers
86-84-1
43,040 yards, 58.8 cmp%, 254 TDs, 242 INTs

John Hadl

John Hadl

Chargers/Rams/Packers/Oilers
82-76-9
33,503 yards, 50.4 cmp%, 244 TDs, 268 INTs

Sonny Jurgensen

Sonny Jurgensen

Eagles/Redskins
69-73-7
32,224 yards, 57.1 cmp%, 255 TDs, 189 INTs

Jim Kelly

Jim Kelly

Bills
101-59
35,467 yards, 60.1 cmp%, 237 TDs, 175 INTs

Dave Krieg

Dave Krieg

Seahawks/Chiefs/4 others
98-77
38,147 yards, 58.5 cmp%, 261 TDs, 199 INTs

Dan Marino

Dan Marino

Dolphins
147-93
61,361 yards, 59.4 cmp%, 420 TDs, 252 INTs

Donovan McNabb

Donovan McNabb

Eagles/Redskins/Vikings
98-62-1
37,276 yards, 59.0 cmp%, 234 TDs, 117 INTs

Steve McNair

Steve McNair

Oilers-Titans/Ravens
91-62
31,304 yards, 60.1 cmp%, 174 TDs, 119 INTs

Warren Moon

Warren Moon

Oilers/Vikings/2 others
102-101
49,325 yards, 58.4 cmp%, 291 TDs, 233 INTs

Fran Tarkenton

Fran Tarkenton

Vikings/Giants
124-109-6
47,003 yards, 57.0 cmp%, 342 TDs, 266 INTs

Vinny Testaverde

Vinny Testaverde

Buccaneers/Jets/5 others
90-123-1
46,233 yards, 56.5 cmp%, 275 TDs, 267 INTs

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On Tuesday, "First Take" discussed Donovan McNabb's potential future in the NFL. The former Pro Bowler has been working out heavily in the offseason and has lost a significant amount of weight, leading Andy Reid to endorse him for teams looking for a veteran quarterback. Our "First Take" panel is unconvinced; Merrill Hoge would take him if his team's Plan A fell apart, while Israel Gutierrez would stay away from him. What's your take?

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On Thursday, "First Take" debated Donovan McNabb's Hall of Fame credentials. McNabb said in an interview that he would vote for himself for the Hall of Fame -- not a surprising comment from any player, but McNabb has an actual Hall of Fame case. Is he off-base, or would you put him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame? What's your take?

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It's been a tough couple of years for Donovan McNabb, as the veteran quarterback has struggled to prove that he can still be an effective starter in the NFL. His latest release came at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings, who weren't about to commit to him long-term with Christian Ponder behind center. There are several teams that need a quarterback, but will McNabb's declining skills keep him out of uniform?


Would you want to sign McNabb?

Donovan McNabb hasn't had a good season in a while, but he hasn't had a great deal of offensive talent to work with, either.

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What do you make of McNabb's career?

McNabb was an excellent quarterback for a very long time, but a lack of championships really stands out on his résumé.

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Which team could benefit?

The Bears, Cowboys and Texans all need quarterbacks, although the Cowboys have said they'd decline his services.

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Maybe Donovan McNabb didn't pass his two-minute conditioning test? As Matt Mosley blogs this morning, at least the silver lining of a messy situation for the Redskins is that we have a controversy in D.C. that doesn't involve Albert Haynesworth (or, we might add, Gilbert Arenas).

You know the details by now. With Sunday's game against the Lions still up for grabs in the final minutes, Mike Shanahan pulled McNabb and replaced him with Rex Grossman. The coach's explanation was that he felt Grossman was essentially a better fit for the two-minute drill (he learned it last year under offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in Houston).

But as the Raiders continue putting up the most points this side of Auburn or Oregon, did the Redskins pick the wrong quarterback in the offseason?

botobob

I watched a recent game where McNabb was throwing behind and at the feet of many of his receivers. People forget he did this on a regular basis in Philly. It's no surprise that his QB rating is so low. Could it be that is why Shanahan pulled him (and why Reid dumped him)?

-- botobob
mbdm59

reality check - mcnabb shouldn't have been pulled at that point in the game. BUT, he has gone from not one of the most accurate to a very inaccurate passer. save me the garbage about sacks, every qb gets hit and dumped these days. he's hit a bunch of fifty yard plus passes , all of which should have been tds but for the ball being late and underthrown.

-- mbdm59

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