View Full Version : McNabb says he wants to remain with Eagles

01-31-2007, 11:27 PM
Donovan McNabb (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/player/70412) doesn't want to leave Philadelphia, isn't jealous over the success Jeff Garcia (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/player/70680) had replacing him as Eagles (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67058) quarterback, and wasn't muzzled by coach Andy Reid.

"The so-called rumors that have started, they're false," McNabb said. "I'm a Philadelphia Eagle and will continue to be a Philadelphia Eagle, hopefully, for more years to come, and hopefully will retire as an Eagle."

With that, McNabb began a 4-minute speech Wednesday at the Super Bowl media center, where he was appearing at a news conference where Campbell's Soup announced it was donating 1 million cans to food banks nationwide. It was his first time speaking at length with reporters since tearing a knee ligament Nov. 19 and, as expected, McNabb had plenty to say.

"It's unfortunate we have to sit here now to discuss this," McNabb said.
McNabb's season-ending injury came in Week 11 against Tennessee. Before getting hurt, he was among the NFL's leaders in yards passing (2,647), touchdown passes (18) and passer rating (95.5).

With McNabb as a starter, the Eagles (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67058) were 5-5. With Garcia under center, they were 6-2 and won the NFC East title.

"I was actually very happy for Jeff," McNabb said. "I know the fans of Philadelphia wanted A.J. Feeley (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/player/70441) and cheered for him, but I told Jeff he was brought in here to lead this team."

But while McNabb's season was over, the hubbub surrounding him was anything but.

One report in mid-January, citing unidentified sources close to McNabb, said the five-time Pro Bowl quarterback was upset Reid wouldn't allow him to travel with the team to the playoff game at New Orleans. Reid doesn't allow players on injured reserve to travel, and McNabb acknowledged that he was upset — but only because he and other injured Eagles (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67058) couldn't help their team.

McNabb, who has led the Eagles (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67058) to four NFC championship games and a Super Bowl loss, also denied reports he was angry with how fans and players embraced Garcia's success; the perception that his mother didn't enjoy seeing the Eagles (http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/67058) win without him; and the notion that Reid canceled a Jan. 19 news conference simply to keep him quiet.
"We both felt nothing good would have come out of it," McNabb said.


01-31-2007, 11:42 PM
Guess garcia must be pissed