Donovan McNabb addressed the Washington media for the first time as the starting quarterback of the Washington Redskins.
“This is a different stage from the norm and what I’m used to,” McNabb said. “There are days in life you go through change, you find a light at the end of the tunnel here with a great organization that wants to win and wants to win now. I’m surrounded by a great group of players that are willing to put in the effort to win a Super Bowl.
“For 11 years playing under a future Hall of Fame coach, and now playing under another Hall of Fame coach and the things he has accomplished with great quarterbacks like John Elway, I hope I can continue that.”
McNabb said that he keeps an even keel, not allowing himself to get too high or too low. So when the Redskins face his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles, for the first time, McNabb doesn’t expect it to be any different than facing any other team on the Redskins’ schedule.
“I don’t look at it like it will be any different than Dallas or the Giants,” McNabb said. “Another opportunity to face a quality opponent and bring home a victory.”
“One person cannot achieve this,” McNabb said about his arrival in Washington. “You achieve that by team. I will promise to give [my teammates] all that I have. Everything I’ve been a part of, we’ve won. We may not have won the Super Bowl, but we’ve won.”
Often a lightning rod in the City of Brotherly Love, McNabb felt he was treated fairly by the fans and media in Philadelphia.
“I felt I was treated fairly,” said McNabb. “Never had you heard me complain about the fans and media. That is not a concern of mine. I blocked that out.”
McNabb referenced the Eagles’ decision to let “the ultimate Eagle”, safety Brian Dawkins, go last off-season as an indicator that everyone was replaceable, but thanked the Eagles for the opportunity they gave him when they made him the second overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft.
“For 11 years, I want to thank them for giving me an opportunity to display my talent and be put in a position to get drafted when they were 3-13, going 5-11 and then averaging 9-10 wins a season. For 11 years, to make five NFC championships and a Super Bowl appearance.
“Yes, we didn’t win it, but it was a great ride. It was a ride in which every time we stepped out on the field, the fans were confident that we could win that game. I look to bring that here to Washington.”
McNabb also plans to discover more about his new NFL home, and would like to meet Preident Obama, preferably by presenting him with a Redskins’ jersey after they win a Super Bowl.