I grew up watching the Eagles struggle under the likes of Bobby Hoying, Doug Pederson and Koy Detmer. As much as I loved the Eagles, it was difficult to root for a loser, especially when your friends are jumping on the bandwagon of the Packers, Cowboys, 49ers or Steelers (elementary and middle school boys are prone to this).
That is why I was happy when McNabb came along. I believe that your youth is the time to find yourself as a sports fan. You begin playing the sports competitively, you begin to understand the moves the team is making and you know the players and their strengths.
This is why McNabb will always be one of the main reasons why I am an Eagles fan. I would likely have stayed one anyway but McNabb made it easier when my mind was ripe for molding me to become a fan of a different team. He led the team to sustained success it had never seen before.
McNabb rarely exhibited anything but class in his time here and on his way out. Sure, some remarks he made after the fact were questionable but that does not wipe out the goodwill he has accumulated after 10 years as a starter.
That is why I hope he is cheered when introduced on Sunday. He deserves to be recognized by the fans one last time for all the good he did for this team. Save your former player boos for the likes of JD Drew and the ones who spit on the city. McNabb deserves your accolades, even if he now plays for a division rival.
Cheer him in introductions but feel free to boo him if he makes a good play against his former team. We can't make him feel too comfortable, if you know what I mean.