Oct 9, 2011; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Donovan McNabb (5) against the Arizona Cardinals at the Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Cardinals 34-10. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Donovan McNabb: First Team All-Orange

Donovan McNabb is as great as they come. No matter what anyone has ever said about him, he carries himself with pride and class, being a role model’s role model. He has done too many things for Syracuse University to count, both on and off the field.

He gave the Orange a 35-14 record when he was behind center, and led the ‘Cuse to the Orange Bowl in his senior season. He was named the Big East Offensive Player of the Decade for the 90’s, in a conference that included the prime of the conference’s history.

All of this leads to it being long overdue for McNabb to have his jersey retired, something that has been decided by the Syracuse Board of Trustees, according to McNabb’s Twitter page. While the school has not confirmed his tweet, it appears that the Orange’s home game against Wake Forest on November 2nd will be the day his jersey will hang in the rafters forever in the Carrier Dome.

And to me, there shouldn’t even be a debate about it.

Yes Donovan went high in the draft to Philadelphia. Yes McNabb had a hall-of-fame-type of career with the Eagles in the NFL. Yes he had one of the single best careers in the history of Syracuse Football, and set all kinds of records when he was in Central New York including a school record of total offense in a season and the longest pass in team history.

But the fact that his heart never left Syracuse is the best aspect of this story. McNabb is one of the youngest members of the Syracuse Board of Trustees since his addition in 2002. He is seen front and center representing the University in any situation, be it a Syracuse Football Pinstripe Bowl win, or a scandal involving assistant basketball coaches. Donovan is not only a Syracuse Football fan, but a Syracuse fan as a whole. Want proof? The women’s basketball lounge is named after him and his wife Raquel.

Donovan has been a Class A gentleman, even in a town like Philadelphia where he will go down as one of the most underappreciated players in the history of the National Football League. He has always been respectful, and has done Syracuse University more than proud. Inside The Loud House sends their sincerest congratulations to Donovan, and hope that the Carrier Dome is packed when this Orange legend has his jersey hung in the rafters.

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