THE EAGLES began turning the page on the Donovan McNabb era when they drafted Kevin Kolb in 2007. They slammed the book shut when they traded McNabb to Washington and made Kolb the starting quarterback.

Here are 20 things to know about the man Eagles' brass hopes can finally put the "gold" in gold standard:

1. Kolb's father, Roy, coached Kolb as a youngster and their relationship was contentious, at best. The two became closer once his father quit coaching, and his dad was the second person Kolb called after hearing of the McNabb trade. He called his wife first.

2. Kolb was the third quarterback taken in 2007, a second-round choice (36th overall). JaMarcus Russell, who is on the verge of being one of the all-time busts, was taken with the No. 1 overall pick by the Raiders. Brady Quinn, whose was traded to Denver last month, was taken by the Browns with the 22nd pick.

3. After the Eagles drafted Kolb, his former high school coach Mike Copeland told Daily News sports writer Les Bowen: "I don't think y'all got the No. 3 quarterback. JaMarcus Russell is a freak of nature, but Kevin - you can mark my words - 10 years from now, he'll be so much better thought of than Brady Quinn."

4. His middle name is Benjamin, after his grandfather Ben Kotara.

5. An avid outdoorsman, Kolb was born in Victoria, Texas, went to high school in Stephenville, Texas, and started for four seasons at the University of Houston.

6. Played in high school and at college for Art Briles. Kolb had committed to Oklahoma State, but changed his mind when Briles took the Houston job. Briles is currently the head coach at Baylor.

7. The only other prominent Houston Cougar to play for the Eagles was defensive lineman and former first-round pick Leonard Mitchell (1981-86).

8. Used to hunt wild hogs, some up to 150 pounds, with a bowie knife. Just one mettlesome hog is capable of destroying an entire crop of farmland.

9. Placed seventh, along with friend Jeff Gilbert, at a Texas big bass fishing tournament in February. Kolb once caught - or so he claims (wink) - a 250-pound marlin.

10. Cowboys emerging linebacker Anthony Spencer, who was a component the last time the Eagles made a trade within their division, is listed at 255 pounds. That 2007 draft-day deal allowed Dallas to grab Spencer and the Eagles to get Kolb.

11. Married his high school sweetheart, Whitney. The couple's first child was born before last year's divisional playoff win over the Giants and they have a Yorkshire terrier named Jersey. Also golfs, hunts and bowls with Whitney. The two won a bass fishing tournament in the 2009 offseason.

12. He got married while still in college. "I just like stability," Kolb said in 2007. "I'm not big on chasing after girls, going and partying all the time . . . I've always done things at a young age; my father was a coach, and I was pushed into older leagues at a young age. The same thing with this - once I knew that I was in love and had found the right girl, I went ahead and did it."

13. His four career touchdowns have gone to DeSean Jackson (71 and 64 yards), Jason Avant (3) and Brent Celek (35).

14. Baltimore's Ed Reed's NFL record 107-yard return for touchdown is the most infamous of Kolb's seven career interceptions. Pittsburgh's Troy Polamalu, in 2008, was the first to pick off Kolb. Samari Rolle (Baltimore), Brandon McDonald (Cleveland) and Tracy Porter, Scott Shanle and Darren Sharper of the Saints are the others.

15. Was picked off twice in a game in college by current teammate and former UTEP safety Quintin Demps. The second pick ended the game in double overtime.

16. Kolb last season became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 300 yards in his first two starts when he had 391 in a loss to New Orleans and 327 in a win over Kansas City. The KC game earned him NFC offensive player of the week honors.

17. Kolb once explained one advantage to growing up country. "When you're out in the woods and you get beat up, your mom's not there to pick you up. I'd flip my four-wheeler or something, want to lay down there and be hurt. There's nobody there to cry for you. You got to jump up and keep going."

18. Sustained a broken collarbone while in high school, but stayed in to finish the series. When a subsequent pass bounced off his receiver's chest and was intercepted, Kolb made the tackle.

19. Is listed at 6-3, 218 pounds and turns 26 on Aug. 24.

20. Has his sights set on becoming a volunteer firefighter after his football career is over.