Look who is back in town, working out with his former teammates and maybe even tossing one or two at their feet.
It’s Donovan McNabb.
If you’re too young to remember, McNabb was an Eagles quarterback of some note. He led the team to its second Super Bowl after the 2004 season. He was steeped in various dramas along the way, much of it his own doing. He also is, like him or not, the greatest quarterback in Eagles’ history.
McNabb was traded to Washington on Easter Sunday 2010. He did not lead the Redskins to the playoffs, and was actually benched down the stretch of a lost season.
McNabb, 34, got together yesterday in South Jersey with Jason Avant and Jeremy Maclin, among others, according to his publicist Rich Burg. “He has been working out in Arizona with the Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald and other wide receivers from around the league,” Burg said. “Now that he is on the East Coast, he wanted to continue to throw to wide receivers.”
There is nothing sinister about McNabb being back in Philly, quite the opposite. He is here to help dedicate the McNabb Family NeoNatal Intensive Care Unit at Virtua Hospital in Voorhees, N.J. The ceremonies are today and Donovan will attend along with his wife, Raquel.
“All four of his children were born at Virtua,” Burg said. “When his twins were born in 2008, they spent time 2 weeks in the neonatal unit.”
McNabb’s participation goes way beyond just showing up. He made a six-figure donation to the unit and helped raise $2.5 million.