I hate the Philadelphia Eagles. I love to see them lose. I never cared much for quarterback Donovan McNabb either. But now I am a fan of McNabb. The guy has shown incredible class in the face of ridiculous insult and slander.
Donovan McNabb is a good quarterback. I don't know if I'd call him "great", but he certainly is better than most. He's a four-time Pro Bowler, four-time Eagles MVP, 2000 NFL MVP runner-up, quarterback of a team who has gone to the NFC Championship Game four consecutive seasons, and has taken his team to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1980. And he did almost all of this without a jackass named Terrell Owens on his team. He even led his team through the playoffs to the Super Bowl last year while TO was out with a broken leg.
You'll notice that nowhere have I yet mentioned McNabb's race. Why? Because it's irrelevant. So I am beyond puzzled by the obsession that others like Rush Limbaugh and now NAACP leader J. Wyatt Mondesire have with Donovan's race. McNabb commented that when a white person points out race that it's racism but that Mondesire's race comments puzzled him. I disagree. I don't know Mondesire, but his comments were bigoted. I don't care if Mondesire is African-American, Jewish or gay. Just because you're a minority doesn't mean you can't be a racist or a bigot.
It's also interesting that when Limbaugh made his comments he was fired from his job and "civil rights" leaders called for his banishment from the earth. Where are those self-proclaimed protectors of minorities now? The silence is deafening.
Through all of the asinine comments by Limbaugh, Mondesire and Terrell Owens, Donovan McNabb has not once lashed out or returned the insults. He just wants to be a quarterback and be judged by his performance on the field. Not a black quarterback. Just a quarterback. I commend him and am a new fan.
But I still hope the Eagles lose.