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Remembering When the Philadelphia Eagles Traded Donovan McNabb on Easter Sunday

Jason Schandl
Remembering the Philadelphia Eagles' Easter Sunday trade of Donovan McNabb
Remembering the Philadelphia Eagles' Easter Sunday trade of Donovan McNabb / Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

Easter Sunday tends to be a pretty quiet day in the sports world. NFL free agency has slowed down, and the NFL Draft is still a few weeks out. There's MLB regular season action, but it brings none of the excitement of Opening Day. When Easter is early in April it can also fall during March Madness, but rarely will a game be played on that day.

The Philadelphia Eagles made an absolute splash on Easter day in 2010, however, when they traded Donovan McNabb to the Washington Football Team.

Trading one of the greatest quarterbacks in franchise history is an unusual move. Trading a Pro Bowl quarterback to a division rival is an unusual move. But Andy Reid and the Eagles knew what they were doing.

The Eagles fleeced Washington for a second and third-round pick in the trade. McNabb started a grand total of 13 games in Washington, throwing more interceptions (15) than touchdowns (14) in 20210. Washington finished the season in last place in the NFC East at 6-10, while the Eagles won the division at 10-6.

McNabb had an outstanding 11-year career in Philly, throwing for 32,873 yards and 216 touchdowns (both franchise records). He led the Eagles to a Super Bowl and made six Pro Bowls.

Capping his Eagles career off by screwing over Washington was just icing on the cake.

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