Quad after quad after quad after quad lately. I know variety is the spice of life, but quads are kind of all I've got for new stuff at the moment. So...the posts continue! Hopefully I'll grab a Shyrone Stith or something soon to vary stuff up for ya'll.
His lasting legacy is Jim Kelly-like in nature though - lots of winning records and playoff success, but not enough to win a championship. The Eagles went to the NFC Championship again and again but only made it to the Super Bowl once, and when they did the Patriots took care of business. So it'll be interesting to see what the Hall of Fame thinks of McNabb when his name comes up. On the one hand, outstanding personal statistics and regular season success. On the other hand, no Super Bowls and a weak tail end of his career that wrapped up in Washington and Minnesota.
Chad Lewis was undrafted in the 1997 draft, which was very TE heavy and also included past Quad mentionables Itula Mili, Tony Gonzalez, and Greg Clark. Lewis ended up one of the better TE from 1997, but his career started quietly enough with just 20 receptions for 182 yards in his first three seasons (although he did win a Super Bowl ring with the 1999 St. Louis Rams). Lewis came back to Philly in 2000 and proceeded to go on a dominant three year stretch where he made the Pro Bowl each year and became one of the NFC's premiere pass catching tight ends. By 2003 and 2004 he started to slow, and then by 2005 Lewis was a backup to L.J. Smith. Such is life in the NFL for a tight end, but it's still very impressive that he made three straight Pro Bowls after going undrafted. Since his time in the NFL, Lewis has been an NFL ambassador to China, which is pretty darn awesome.
The last guy on this card, Todd Pinkston, was a 2nd round pick in the 2000 draft. He finished 8th among his draft class in career receiving yards, smack dab between Peter Warrick and TE Bubba Franks. The Eagles went to the playoffs in every one of the five seasons that Pinkston started a game, and while he only started one game in his rookie year Pinkston then started 61 of the next 64 games as he became a key cog in Philly's offense. He was never really that good statistically, but he was fairly consistent and certainly helped keep Philly a winning team. Pinkston probably would've continued his success but he had a pretty severe achilles injury that knocked him out for the whole 2005 season and hampered his preseason in 2006. The Eagles cut him before 2006 started, and Pinkston tried catching on with a few teams before calling it quits a few years later.
Who wins the card? McNabb and Mitchell are both somewhat underrated, but I'm giving the nod to Chad Lewis in a big upset because I think the fact that he made three Pro Bowls as an undrafted TE is pretty awesome. Even Mitchell only made one Pro Bowl since he was more consistent than flashy and didn't always stand out as a result.