There is one person could clear up the mystery concerning Donovan McNabb and the now-infamous meeting with Eagles management that might or might not have happened.

Unfortunately, McNabb wasn't in the mood to provide clarity.

Speaking briefly last night before being honored by the African American Museum in Philadelphia at its fourth annual Heritage Gala, McNabb refused to confirm or deny reports this week that he has had at least one discussion with management concerning a contract extension.

"This is not a night to talk football," McNabb said before entering the reception, where he received the Heritage Award for his commitment to Philadelphia as the Eagles quarterback and his work in the community.

In McNabb's decade in Philadelphia, his exploits on the football field have been well chronicled, but the Heritage Award was more about his community service work in Philadelphia through the Donovan McNabb Foundation.

His annual events include scholarships to his Diabetes Camp for Kids, an All-Star Kids Football Clinic and holiday events at Thanksgiving and Christmas to benefit family shelters and underprivileged children.

McNabb has worked with various churches in the region, Children's Crisis Treatment Center, the American Red Cross and the Fraternal Order of Police.

The gala was hosted by Bill Cosby. Pennsylvania state Rep. Dwight Evans was the recipient of the Legacy Award.

"[Receiving] this award is big," McNabb said. "It's truly an honor. It shows that a lot of people care about the things that I do. I think [community service] is important, because as athletes a lot of people look up to us.

"They watch us on Sundays, but you want to do more and be involved in your community. So many athletes do good things in the community. It's good to have attention on the positives instead on always on the negative."

While he would not address his situation with the Eagles, McNabb did respond to reports - which, at the time, were unconfirmed - that veteran Eagles safety Brian Dawkins signed a free-agent contract with the Denver Broncos.

"I hope that the story is wrong," McNabb said. "I would be upset just like everybody else.

"It would definitely be different to walk into that locker room and not see No. 20. We set a goal to achieve something together [win a Super Bowl], and I hope we can still accomplish that."

After being told of reports that the Broncos also signed Eagles free-agent running back Correll Buckhalter, McNabb was asked whether he also was going to Denver.

"I'm not going anywhere," he said. *