Donovan McNabb was in the spotlight for much of his NFL career, whether it was for his performance on the field on comments made by or about him in the media. Now that he is retired, McNabb appears to be capitalizing on his media exposure and parlaying that into a deal with the NFL Network. He is reportedly close to signing a deal that will put him on a few of the network’s shows this season.
This move indicates that McNabb has likely all but given up on a comeback to the league as a player. He had hoped to sign on with a team looking for a veteran presence, but that apparently did not pan out as he had hoped. He will be trading in his helmet and shoulders for a suit coat and tie.
As the quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles (for the vast majority of his career), Donovan McNabb was front and center in the media spotlight in one of the most unsympathetic sports towns in the entirety of the United States. For the most part, he handled the pressure very well and was well liked by the (most of) the fans and media throughout his tenure in Philly.
There were several instances where prominent media figures made absolutely ridiculous remarks about him, which McNabb subsequently handled with about as much tact as humanly possible. He has excelled in guest spots on several television shows and his comfort in front of the camera is quite apparent.
I’m still waiting on the line to open in Las Vegas regarding the over/under on how long it takes McNabb to become embroiled in some sort of asinine controversy based upon his presence on the NFL Network. I’ll let you know as soon as the odds are available, but I’m probably taking the under.