Love for McNabb from Bears lineman, who quickly backpedals

Posted: June 19, 2007

Donovan McNabb has a big fan in Chicago defensive lineman Tommie Harris - maybe too big.

Harris apologized to his teammates on Monday after Harris said he wanted McNabb to be the Bears quarterback. Beleaguered Bears quarterback Rex Grossman must have loved to hear that.

Harris was in town last weekend at McNabb's charity golf tournament. The Eagles quarterback is a Chicago native.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Harris said: "I'd love to have [McNabb] as my quarterback in Chicago . . . Hopefully, he comes here and helps the Chicago Bears win the Super Bowl . . . If he comes to Chicago, we'll definitely win the Super Bowl . . . He's my friend and I would like him to play on my team . . . I'd love him to play for the Bears."

Harris then continued, ending with this: "Hopefully we get Donovan."


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After doing some damage control on a Chicago radio station, Harris addressed the issue again at the Bears' headquarters Monday.

"I will be careful the next time I joke around," Harris told reporters. "Donovan was behind the camera laughing. We were joking around and it escalated to more than what it was. I apologized to the rest of my team. I was very embarrassed with how much it blew up with the media. My team forgave me, so that's all that matters."

As for Grossman, the Tribune reported that he initially did not want to comment, but eventually relented.

"I know Tommie and we have a great relationship," Grossman said. "It was not that big a deal. He's my guy."

Harris, standing nearby, then chimed in: "He's my guy."

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