Posted by Josh Katzowitz
Washington QB Donovan McNabb has a few interesting things to say in the new edition of GQ .
Here are some of his thoughts (and, of course, my responses in bold ):
On the ridicule he took in 2008 when he admitted he didn’t know that if both teams went scoreless in overtime, the game would end in a tie (for the record, I was at the 13-13 game against the Bengals, and it was hands down, the worst contest featuring professionals I’ve ever seen).
The media wants you to be honest and up front with them, and then when you are, they just throw the dagger at you. "Oh, what was he thinking?" There were a lot of responses from other players who said the same thing I did, and then when the referee tells you, "Hey, you get another five minutes to go after this quarter…" Nobody talks about that.
You're in the game and the ref…?
We're in the game, and we go off on third and out, they're out there, and I'm like, "Hey, we need to get this thing going, how much time is left?" I'm looking at the clock and the ref is like, "We've got another five minutes afer this quarter if no one scores." I didn't think nothing of it, but I did hear it. It was a mistake on my part. I've got to know the rules.
OK, so maybe an official gave him faulty information. But it’s still hard to believe – as it was when he first said it two years ago – that McNabb wouldn’t know a rule as elementary as that. Yes, ties are rare. But still, he should have known that games can actually end that way. He deserved to hear criticism about that.
After he was benched in 2008, how did he and coach Andy Reid repair their relationship?
“I had a meeting set up with Andy and [owner] Jeffrey Lurie after the season. We sat down and talked, and I got everything off my chest from '99 on. It went all the way back to the T.O. situation, it went back to us not winning big games, me being criticized for whatever, leadership, whatever it may be, and how no one in the organization ever stepped up and said anything. They'll say something to you in the building, but not publicly. My feeling was, 'I'm out here getting cut up, where are you? I'm always defending and helping you guys, but where's that support?' I thought it was beneficial, because you can sit there and tell somebody you truly love them, you're a big fan, your family loves you, but what about when we're over here in the hot seat, where are you now?
I agree with him. I think McNabb unfairly was a lightning rod during his time in Philadelphia. It goes back to the booing he received during the 1999 Draft (by the way, from looking at that video, there can’t be anything much lamer than painting your face and wearing shoulder pads during the freakin’ NFL Draft).
Did he puke during Super Bowl XXXIX?
No, at no point did I throw up. I got hit and dumped on my face a couple of times…we lost Todd Pinkston…we all were gassed, and there were a couple of times in the game where I got hit either by [linebacker Teddy (sic)] Bruschi or by [defensive end Richard] Seymour, I had grass in my helmet and maybe I lost my wind a little bit, but nothing to the point where I would come out of the game. People can run that game back and forth and find out that I wasn't throwing up, but I guess it's a sexy topic to talk about.”
The question here: do you take Terrell Owens or Donovan McNabb at his word? Me? I’m going with McNabb.
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