In his freshman
year at Syracuse, Donovan hooked up with Marvin Harrison on a school-record
96-yard touchdown pass.
Donovan was named
the Big East Conference's offensive player of the decade for the 1990s.
In the midst of
a fourth-quarter comeback against the Jaguars early in the 2002 season,
an exhausted Donovan stood over center and threw up on Hank Fraleys
back. On the next play, he pulled it together and threw a perfect touchdown
akle injury against Arizona in November of 2002 broke his streak of
53 consecutive starts, including the playoffs.
During the 2004
season, Donovan broke Joe Montana's record for consecutive passes completed.
He hit on his last 10 in a win over the New York Giants and then started his
next game with 14 completions against the Green Bay Packers.
Donovan posted the first perfect QB rating of his career in a 2007 victory over the Detroit Lions.
In 2008, Dononvan passed Ron Jaworski to move into first place on Philadelphia’s all-time list for most touchdown passes.
Donovan is one
of only four Philadelphia quarterbacks to pass for 3,000 yards in consecutive
seasons. Sonny Jurgensen (1961-62), Ron Jaworski (1980-81) and Randall
Cunningham (1988-90) are the others.
Wilma McNabb used
to pay her son as much as $10 per touchdown in high school. She made
the money back in the winter by charging him a buck for every free throw
he missed. Donovan was a bricklayer from the charity stripe.
One of Donovans
biggest thrills as a kid was meeting Michael Jordan. The only word the
stunned youngster could muster was Hi.
parents never missed a Syracuse home game. They would drive all the
way from Chicago.
Donovan is a national
spokesman for the National Diabetes Association. His father suffers
from the disease, and one of his grandmothers died from it.
his long-time girlfriend, Raquel Nurse, in the spring of 2002. The two
met during his freshman at Syracuse. She is an assistant director of
academic support at Villanova University.