Feb 1, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb is interviewed on the NFL Network set at the Super Bowl XLVI media center at the J.W. Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Donovan McNabb Still Wants to Play

There isn’t much of a market for 35-year-old quarterbacks whose past two seasons both ended with them riding the bench, but that fact won’t deter Donovan McNabb from putting his name out there for a job. McNabb says he still wants to play, and is keeping himself in shape for when the phone rings.

“I sort of have some unfinished business,” McNabb told the The Waddle & Silvy Show. “I love the game, I have a passion for the game, and I look forward to continuing that on.

“I’ve been training hard and preparing myself in San Diego working with George Whitfield, the obviously well known quarterback guru, supposedly, over the past month,” McNabb added. “Just kind of refining the skills, working on the mechanics and getting back to a high level, an elite level. I’m just waiting for the opportunity to display that.”

McNabb was last seen on an NFL football field in week 6 of 2011. He was pulled in the second half of that game in favor of Christian Ponder and never got back in the line-up. He ultimately asked for and was given his release by the Vikings. Rumor had that McNabb secured his release in the belief his home town Chicago Bears would pick him up as an injury replacement for Jay Cutler but that never materialized.

And what makes McNabb believe some team would be willing to take a chance on him now? After three different teams gave up on him? After loads of stories about his poor work habits and lack of game preparation?

Only Donovan knows the answer to that. I personally would be shocked if he lands even a back-up job this year. McNabb can talk all he wants about his past success and how he would vote for himself as a Hall of Famer, but the fact is those days are long behind him. If McNabb had more reputation as a gamer – like, say, Brett Favre – maybe someone would take a shot. But when a guy can’t produce and is reportedly lazy besides? Forget about it.

Time for Donovan to move to the booth. He’s a pretty funny guy, he should be good. Maybe they could team him up with Terrell Owens. That would be…entertaining.

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