McNabb talks Doug Pederson, puking and hot dogs in Reddit chat
Donovan McNabb participated in his first Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session last week, addressing questions about the new Eagles coach and his Pro Football Hall of Fame credentials.
Here are the highlights:
Thoughts on Doug Pederson
"He was a mentor to me. Doug ended up being the backup for Brett Favre for I think 8 to 9 years, so I got a little tutoring, so to speak, in the West Coast offense, how to be a professional quarterback, how to prepare, different approaches, what Brett did (good and bad) and I tried to add that, obviously, to my preparation each and every day.
Now, Doug has been on the journey now of being a high school coach, quality control guy, quarterback coach, offensive coordinator and now a head coach. I think what he brings is a fresh mind, a different approach. Andy Reid has kinda tutored him throughout this process, and we'll see what he can do on his own."
What about the current Eagles team?
"The current Eagles team, I think they're talented. Doug Pederson coming in has a fresh mind, a fresh attitude, gonna change the culture over there in Philadelphia, so it will be interesting to see how they are able to get back on track. Will they be able to? I believe so. How fast will they be able to? We'll see. Maybe it will be next year, maybe it will be in two years, but I think everyone should be patient and just give them a chance."
Did he puke in the Super Bowl?
"No, I didn't puke. It's unfortunate that we still talk about this 11 years after playing in the Super Bowl. But, no. That did not happen and hopefully we can stop talking about it. Once again, go watch the game tape."
"Yes I feel like I'm a hall of famer. My numbers speak for themselves. Over a decade of play for Philadelphia there were only two quarterbacks that had the winning percentage that I do and my numbers obviously rate among the top, or better than some of the quarterbacks that are in the Hall of Fame at this particular time. Do I have a vote? No. Will I be heartbroken if I don't get in at any given time? Nope. I played the game because I love the game. The competitive nature, the attitude, the approach. No one can ever take any of that away from me."
"My first "welcome to the NFL" moment was when my name was called at Radio City Music Hall in New York. I was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles and I was booed.
"Hahaha. Nice one. We're still bringing up the tie. I wasn't the only one who didn't know. That was a regular season game, sillies.
Can it end in a tie? You tell me."
Met or spoken with Rush Limbaugh?
Do I care to speak to him? Absolutely not.
Do I care for him? Absolutely not.
Are hot dogs a type of sandwich?
"I believe that a hotdog is not a sandwich. A hotdog is a hotdog. I'm from Chicago where we enjoy our Polish sausages. For those who don't know, it's not an Italian sausage, it's not a ball frank — it's a Polish sausage. So a hotdog is a hotdog. The question is, do you put ketchup on your hotdog? Hmm...think about that!"
"My favorite sandwich, as I say 'sammich' — that's the hood talk — is bologna and cheese, with mayo. Put that in the microwave for 10 seconds. Eat that."
Do champions really eat at McDonald's?
"Everybody eats at McDonald's. Barack Obama probably eats at McDonald's. You know, who didn't grow up on eating McDonald's? Did you? That's the big question. Did you? Chicken McNuggets, McRibs, Big Macs, you tell me. Do you supersize your meal?"
"While you're playing, you're constantly sweating and constantly burning calories, so we probably eat about 3,000, maybe 4,000 a day.
It's just that we've all been there when we're younger and we're constantly sweating and losing weight. When you get older, it seems like you can't lose a pound. So, to count up how many calories we're eating, if you're participating in sports, probably around 3-4,000."
"It's easy to say that my best season was the Super Bowl run, when you look at it statistically.
I probably would say 2008. A lot of ups and downs, adversities. I was benched in the Baltimore game, and after the benching went on a run. We went on a run and I believe we won the NFC East and ended up playing in the NFC Championship game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Arizona. Which, I still to this day think it was a patched interference call that was not called, but I'm not going to be pissed off about it, at all."
"Personally, I can't care less how history judges me. When you go through life, there's no need for you to ever look back and wonder what one man or what one woman may think of the things that you have accomplished, or maybe things you haven't accomplished. It's really all on self confidence and being secure in yourself. We all have hurdles, we all have obstacles that we're faced with. But really it's all on you and how you're able to overcome those adversities.
For me, when I played for my 13 year career, the numbers speak for itself. You can go and get DVDs, cause back in the day it was VHS, then they had some old dude spinning some thing with the prompter, but the footage is there. Film never lies. It was a lot of fun when I played."