With the Eagles set to open a full-squad passing camp tomorrow at the NovaCare Complex, Donovan McNabb's team of publicists sent out a release today pitching the 10-year anniversary of the quarterback's charitable foundation.
The Donovan McNabb Foundation, established in 2000, was created to enhance diabetes awareness -- a disease that has inflicted both his mother Wilma and father Sam -- and to help make a difference in the lives of young kids. For the seventh straight year, McNabb will hold a clinic for kids at the NovaCare Complex. The 300 attendees -- boys and girls ages 11 to 14 --who will participate in Saturday's clinic were selected from local community groups and participating sponsors.
Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and coach Andy Reid will be in attendance and state house representative Joe Sestak will present McNabb with a certificate of special congressional recognition for his foundation's work. McNabb and his father will run the clinic with help from some of the quarterback's teammates.
Though it appears as if McNabb will forego interviews with reporters during the Eagles' two-week camp, he is still willing to be quoted in his own press releases.
"I always look forward to hosting this clinic," McNabb said. "We've been doing this for nine years now and I think I enjoy it as much as the kids do. This is a chance for some kids to come in and learn techniques and drills from NFL players. We're able to provide instruction and have a good time with the group."
In the past, these releases have mentioned that McNabb will be available to speak at some point during the clinic. No such mention was made in this release. Perhaps one of the 11-year-old quarterbacks can ask McNabb about his contract situation as he or she is receiving instruction from McNabb.
STEWART OFFICIALLY HIRED
The Eagles have made the hiring of former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Brian Stewart official. He has been added to the staff with the title of special assistant to the defense. He will work primarily with the secondary, an area that needs help now that Sean McDermott is working as the defensive coordinator while Jim Johnson takes an indefinite leave of absence to battle metastasized melanoma.
Stewart, after two seasons as the Dallas defensive coordinator, was fired by the Cowboys after the team's season-ending 44-6 loss to the Eagles last season. Stewart was a cornerback and safety at Northern Arizona when Andy Reid coached at the school in the mid-1980s.
"Brian Stewart brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our football club," Reid said in a statement. "He especially has a good understanding of the NFC East acquired during his time with the Cowboys. He'll be a nice addition to our coaching staff."
Before joining the Cowboys, Stewart spent three seasons as the secondary coach with the San Diego Chargers. He was an assistant defensive backs coach with the Houston Texans in 2002 and 2003.