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McNabb pursuing Obama opportunities

The first time Donovan McNabb met the D.C. media, he dropped in a mention about wanting to meet Barack Obama. Soon after, he posted a video, asking to play basketball with the President. The quarterback went to the same high school as Michelle Obama's brother, and one of his first D.C. social engagements was a trip to the White House Correspondents Dinner. Heck, when Obama was elected, the AP's sports story on the issue led with McNabb.

So the news that McNabb is pursuing opportunities to partner with the White House, reported this week by Sports Business Journal should not be surprising. But it still hints at the massive stature that the new quarterback could soon have in this town. Quoting SBJ's Terry Lefton:

He's likely to be doing local broadcast work in D.C., and since D.C. is the center of the American political universe, McNabb is pursuing opportunities there as well, including discussions with the White House regarding involvement in Michelle Obama's Let's Move youth initiative. McNabb will serve as ambassador for the Redskins' local version of the NFL's Play 60 youth initiative.

"Donovan is just getting started," said Andrew Stroth, McNabb's business adviser, "but he wants to win a Super Bowl with the Redskins, partner with corporations committed to serving the community, and work with the Obama administration."

Lefton also reported that McNabb's endorsement profile faded in Philly as the Eagles came up short of titles, but that his advisers are ramping things back up. McNabb, the paper reported, already shot a Dr. Pepper ad with Michael Strahan since the trade went down, and the Redskins "are starting to talk to their sponsors about packaging McNabb in their local deals and the QB's advisers are casting about for deals in financial service, quick-service restaurant and technology categories."

With Gilbert Arenas's sponsors running for the hills and many of Alex Ovechkin's deals outside U.S. borders, it would seem that McNabb could be the top sports endorser in the city rather quickly.

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 17, 2010; 12:05 PM ET
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Comments

So they're called "quick-service restaurants" now? Yeah, that makes fast food sound soooooo classy. I eat the garbage they dish out from time to time, but I don't hide behind euphemisms...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | May 17, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Hey, McNabb! Until I see more numbers in the Win Column, get on over to Eastern Motors.

Posted by: Keliza64 | May 17, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Now I love Donovan, but I wish some of these guys would be a little more consistent in their sponsorships. So he's partnering with Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative, that fights childhood obsesity, but then he's considering plugging the very fast-food restaurants that are largely responsible for this obsesity. Yeah, parents are ultimately responsible, but for every kid that's reached by Let's Move, there's another one that watches a fast-food commercial. Seems to cancel each other out.

Posted by: noahjacobs | May 17, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding me? Please Donanvon, just play football. We have enough celebs that are clueless when it comes to politics, but simply follow the rule "If it's liberal, politically correct, or favored by the Democratic Party, it must be good". Please! Donovan are you in favor of massive government, socialism over capitalism, open borders, coddling of terrorists, and the end of personal responsibility? Go ahead. By the way the administration is trying to figure out a way to take over the NFL.

Posted by: dwhite3 | May 17, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Redskins - Please cut McNabb for being stupid. Politics and football don't mix. Especially with dumb, naive football players.

Posted by: NO-bama | May 17, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

McNabb 2016

Posted by: Corvis777 | May 17, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

'NO-bama' how original, did you think that up while you were teabagging? Funny how black people in position of power make you quiver with rage.

twerp.

Posted by: Corvis777 | May 17, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Go Donovan,

It makes me happy to see an athlete, celebrity and role-model use their position of influence to give back and do what they feel is right in their heart. My hat goes off to you in this instance for not being afraid to express your political views, better yet, humanity views on how you would like to make an impact on the Washington, DC area as well as America as a whole.

Just like some of the small, racially-charged comments in response to this article, I think it is commendable and brave of you to do what you think is right given the hatred that we see everyday. More power to you for both your upcoming season (light it up) and your participation in giving back to the community.

Regards,
Anthony

Posted by: madmaxq | May 17, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

@Corvis,

The only person that said his opposition to Obama had anything to do with race is you - you twit! Probably has more to do with the fact that he has thus far been the worst president I have seen in my lifetime. Ironically, the color of his skin is the only thing making him even remotely popular if you consider 48% or thereabouts popular. Obama has weakened this country at home and abroad. Bravo! And, for a supposedly glorious speaker, he not only has had some very poorly written speeches, he has made some really stupid off the cuff remarks.

Posted by: rphilli721 | May 17, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Just concentrate on football Donovan.

Posted by: thorhero | May 17, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Go Donovan,

It makes me happy to see an athlete, celebrity and role-model use their position of influence to give back and do what they feel is right in their heart. My hat goes off to you in this instance for not being afraid to express your political views, better yet, humanity views on how you would like to make an impact on the Washington, DC area as well as America as a whole.

Just like some of the small, racially-charged comments in response to this article, I think it is commendable and brave of you to do what you think is right given the hatred that we see everyday. More power to you for both your upcoming season (light it up) and your participation in giving back to the community.

Regards,
Anthony
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C'mon, you know how it works around here. While we're all getting warm fuzzies in anticipation of the upcoming season (myself included), McNabb will have to WIN GAMES before he can wield any kind influence in this town -- well, as far as Redskin fans are concerned anyway.

After last year's long & hard 4-12, I'd prefer Mr. McNabb to focus on football and gather the troops at this point. Like our Hall of Famers used to do. Plenty of time later to be man about town.

Posted by: Keliza64 | May 17, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Corvis777 gets my vote for "pinhead of the day."

Posted by: Section505203 | May 17, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

What, the right wingers no all about Politics athletes no nothing? Obama a socialist? Not from were I stand. Bush I know his head was not always clear put forword the largest socialist program of the 21st centery ( The Home-land Security Dept. ) 45 offices with over 10,000 working in it. Now they have a good job. Mr. McNabb is a very smart person and can help the President in many ways.

Posted by: rutoft64 | May 17, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I love McNabb and want to see him win big in DC. News for Rush Limbaugh: Yes, McNabb is still black; and he's still a quarterback. Get over it.

Posted by: osullivanc1 | May 17, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

'NO-bama' how original, did you think that up while you were teabagging? Funny how black people in position of power make you quiver with rage.

twerp.

Posted by: Corvis777 | May 17, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

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@funny how YOU are the one that mentioned race. Typical black, everything revolves around race, it just proves that if you disagree with obama you will be labeled a racist, you people are the biggest racists of them all. Mcnabb is a loser.

Posted by: DCFanatic | May 17, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

@Corvis,

The only person that said his opposition to Obama had anything to do with race is you - you twit! Probably has more to do with the fact that he has thus far been the worst president I have seen in my lifetime. Ironically, the color of his skin is the only thing making him even remotely popular if you consider 48% or thereabouts popular. Obama has weakened this country at home and abroad. Bravo! And, for a supposedly glorious speaker, he not only has had some very poorly written speeches, he has made some really stupid off the cuff remarks.


Posted by: rphilli721 | May 17, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

You've got to be kidding me!!! Worst president in your lifetime??? What are you ...under 2 yrs old??

GEORGE "W" BUSH is the worst president this country has and will ever witness!! If you disagree with that then you need to seriously get your life together!!

Posted by: chicoexcell | May 18, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

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