April 2, 2014 |
DESEAN JACKSON arrived in Washington yesterday for a visit that was to continue today, amid buzz that the Redskins were ready to make a substantive offer to the Eagles' three-time Pro Bowl wideout. Intercepted at Dulles International Airport by Washington and Philadelphia TV stations, Jackson said he was seeking "a new beginning, new challenges. " Asked about the possibility of playing the Eagles twice a year, Jackson said he was "not too much worried about that. Just moving on in my life.
March 25, 2014 |
IN NOVEMBER, Donovan McNabb said on "Fox Sports Live" that six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson was not an athlete. Yesterday, after meeting with Johnson before the Auto Club 400 race in Fontana, Calif. - and even taking a ride in a pace car with with Clint Boyer - McNabb stuck to his view. "I respect what they do," McNabb said. "I think it's a skill. They obviously put time and effort into their ability, but I stick by what I said. " Johnson was in his motor coach with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, when McNabb stopped by. "You wanna go for a run?"
February 5, 2014 |
The true definition of a "legacy" isn't found in newspapers or online or within the confines of a 140-character summation of something that happened 10 minutes ago. You need to find the history books to pin down a person's legacy and those don't roll off the press on deadline. They take time. Joe Namath will always be the swashbuckling quarterback who helped change the NFL from a grunting collection of meat packers into something that approached celebrity beyond the narrow dimensions of a football field.
February 3, 2014 |
NEW YORK - If you hang around the Super Bowl media center's radio row long enough, you're likely to see just about anything. Donovan McNabb interviewing Jeffrey Lurie, who makes a Terrell Owens joke? Sure, why not? McNabb, the Eagles' all-time passing leader, here working for NBC Radio, asked Lurie about turmoil in Washington and Dallas, and how he has been able to keep things "in house in Philadelphia. " "Well, you know, we've always been able to do that pretty well, except for 1 year with 81," Lurie said.
January 31, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Nine years ago in Jacksonville, an African-American quarterback started for a Super Bowl team, marking only the third time that had happened in 39 Super Bowls. It was a big deal. Doug Williams - still the only African-American QB to win the NFL championship - talked then about how he was pulling for the Eagles' Donovan McNabb, at a Super Bowl week meeting of The Field Generals, a group Williams founded to preserve the legacy of early black quarterbacks. That week, McNabb recalled being 11 years old and watching Williams win with the Redskins, McNabb realizing then that he, too, could quarterback a Super Bowl team, he said.
December 25, 2013 |
The home-team locker room at Lincoln Financial Field was all but empty early Monday morning when Trent Cole appraised an Eagles season unlike any he had experienced before. Cole has started for the Eagles defense since 2005. Selected in that year's draft, he and guard Todd Herremans are the longest-tenured Eagles on the 2013 roster. They arrived at an interesting moment in the team's history. Under Andy Reid, with Donovan McNabb at quarterback, the Eagles had reached four consecutive NFC championship games and lost to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.
December 24, 2013 |
ON SUNDAY NIGHT, Eagles coach Chip Kelly uttered the now famous words: "We're from Philadelphia and we fight. " That got us to thinking about other notable quotes involving the Eagles. Here's a sampling: * Freddie Mitchell after making fourth-and-26 catch: "I'd like to thank my hands for being so great. " * Ricky Watters : "For who? For what?" * Randall Cunningham: "Let me be me. " * Donovan McNabb about Terrell Owens' criticism of the quarterback's performance in a loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX: "Just keep my name out of your mouth.
December 19, 2013 |
DeSEAN JACKSON had a career-high 10 catches Sunday, but no one will remember that. He had the second-most receiving yards of his career (195) and moved within 134 yards of Mike Quick's single-season club record (1,409), but no one will remember that, either. All they will remember about Sunday's 48-30 loss to the Vikings, at least as it pertains to Jackson, is his childish, third-quarter sideline blowup after a pass intended for him was intercepted by the Vikings' Shaun Prater.
November 25, 2013 |
Like a Whac-A-Mole that emerges when and where we least expect, Donovan McNabb popped up in the headlines again last week after Shawn Andrews called him a bully. For some, this rebuke by a teammate fit neatly into their anti-McNabb narrative. For others, it seemed like piling on, unnecessary roughness against the legacy of the greatest Eagles quarterback. That argument won't get resolved. Philadelphians will never agree on McNabb because we'll never understand him. This city produces inscrutable superstars as regularly as corrupt politicians.
November 22, 2013 |
'UNBELIEVABLE. " That's the word Donovan McNabb used yesterday in response to comments former teammate Shawn Andrews made in an interview with Sync Weekly. On Tuesday, Andrews told the website that McNabb was among former Eagles teammates who were so abusive toward him that he considered suicide. "It just felt like I was in a living hell," Andrews said. Andrews said in addition to verbal abuse, McNabb spread rumors about his sexual orientation. Andrews, who was drafted by the Eagles in 2004 and played five seasons with the Birds, told the website the abuse caused him to miss training camp in 2008 while he sought treatment for depression.