McNabb is afoot

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Posted: June 23, 2011

LOOK WHO IS back in town, working out with former teammates and maybe even tossing one or two at their feet.

It's Donovan McNabb.

If you're too young to remember, McNabb was an Eagles quarterback of some note and notoriety. He led the team to its second Super Bowl appearance after the 2004 season. He was steeped in various dramas along the way, much of it his own doing. Like him or not, he is the greatest quarterback in Eagles' history.

McNabb was traded to Washington on Easter Sunday 2010. He did not lead the Redskins to the playoffs, and was actually benched down the stretch of a lost season. Benched so Rex Grossman could play.

McNabb, 34, got together yesterday in South Jersey with Jason Avant and Jeremy Maclin, among others, according to his publicist Rich Burg. "He has been working out in Arizona with [the Cardinals'] Larry Fitzgerald and other wide receivers from around the league," Burg said. "Now that he is on the East Coast, he wanted to continue to throw to wide receivers."

There is nothing sinister about McNabb being back in Philly . . . quite the opposite. He is here to help dedicate the McNabb Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Virtua Hospital in Voorhees, N.J. The ceremonies are today and Donovan will attend along with his wife, Raquel.

"All four of his children were born at Virtua," Burg said. "When the twins were born [in 2008], they spent time [2 weeks] in the neonatal unit."

McNabb's participation goes way beyond just showing up or sending an email blast. He made a six-figure donation to the unit and helped raise $2.5 million.

What are the odds?

As the NFL and the players union try, try again, we noticed that in a little more than 10 weeks, college football will kick off. Two years ago, who knew that Joe Paterno still would be coaching and Jim Tressel would not? *

- Chuck Bausman

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