With the second pick, the Eagles — who were led by new head coach Andy Reid at the time — drafted Syracuse quarterback Donovan McNabb. He was booed out of the draft because the fans wanted the team to draft Texas running back Ricky Williams — who went to the New Orleans Saints with the fifth overall pick.
Next Thurs. night, the Eagles are expected to draft another quarterback with the second pick. That player is supposed to be North Dakota State Bison signal-caller Carson Wentz, who the team has met with eight times — the most of any team — and they’ve said he’s the real deal.
The Eagles are hoping that Wentz — if he’s the actual pick — has a career as McNabb had when he was with the Birds. McNabb played with the Eagles from 1999 to 2009, before being traded to their NFC East rivals, the Washington Redskins, where he played in 2010.
In his 11-year career with the Birds, he went 92-49-1. The 92 wins are the most ever by an Eagles quarterback — and he’s on the Eagles 75th anniversary team as well as his No. 5 jersey is retired by the team — the only quarterback to have his number retired by the team.
McNabb went 2,801-of-4,746 for 32,873 yards and 216 touchdowns. He also had a 100 interceptions.
His 32,873 yards are the most-ever in his history.