Eagles QB Donovan McNabb has thrown for more than 27,000 yards in an NFL career which began in 1999. He’s been toÂ four NFC championship games and a Superbowl, and has played in numerous Pro Bowls. Yes, every now and then, something happens and, all of a sudden, it seems like he’s a complete stranger to the game of football.
There was that curious drive at the end of the Super Bowl loss the Patriots, when he was in a mental fog and couldn’t run the offense, taking his time getting to the line as the time clicked off the clock. There was the loss to the Giants a few weeks ago, when the Eagles handed off to Brian Westbrook two straight times when they needed a first down, at least partly because McNabb couldn’t catch his breath.
The latest incident came yesterday, during the post game press conference following the Eagles/Bengals game. It turns out,Â McNabb didn’t know that there were ties in the NFL. AfterÂ Shayne Graham missed a field goal for theÂ Cincinnati with 7 seconds left in OT,Â McNabb expected to go out there and lead another drive. It wasn’t until he got the play call that he says he figured out that it would be the final snap of the game, regardless of what happened.
Now, I will admit ties are very rare in the NFL. The last one happened in 2002. But, here’s the thing. McNabb was in the league at that time. Is he so removed from the realities of football that he never noticed the standings that season. He never saw a couple of teams with an extra column on their won-loss records?
And didn’t the urgency on the Eagles sideline as the clock wound down in OT yesterday provide any indication to McNabb that something was up?
It’s refreshing when you hear about a professional athlete who understands that there’s more to life than sports. McNabb has a clothing line and he’s the youngest member of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees. It’s clear that his interests range far beyond the gridiron. But shouldn’t some of that focus be reserved for the career in which you have been paid tens of millions of dollars?