McNabb on the Dallas rivalry
Something like 22 members of the Redskins' 53-man active roster have never been active Redskins for a game against the Dallas Cowboys. Hard to imagine they hold much hate in their heart for the star. That's why I suggested on this week's episode of Redskins Insider Live that the rivalry is about the fans, not the players. That's when LaVar stepped in.
"It's still a very, very big game to the community, and I think as long as it stays as relevant as it does with the community and the fans, I think it will maintain its level," he said. "When I first got drafted, one of the things I recall was being told immediately when I got off the airplane -- just beat Dallas, just beat Dallas. And that's all I would hear. When I would go out to eat - You're the new draft pick? Just beat Dallas. They didn't worry about anything else."
Whether it's truth or rhetoric, Donovan McNabb is already saying much the same.
Of course, McNabb has a decade worth of Dallas hatred in Philadelphia to draw upon, so he sort of knows the deal. He said on Tuesday's ESPN 980 appearance that he's talked to "people in the area and obviously season ticket holders and things of that nature" to learn about the rivalry and that "we've kind of had pretty much similar feelings [about] Dallas and New York and everybody else" in Philly.
"Obviously the players in the locker room, it's one that they look forward to," he said. "It's an excitement that's built from Sunday to Sunday, and after the game's over and the Redskins win, it continues on to the next time you play. That's something that, as a player, you enjoy. You enjoy it because your fans are fired up, you're already fired p, you're looking forward to getting out there. They're communicating in work, they're communicating in the grocery stores, in CVS and Rite Aid, whatever it may be. This is the game that they look forward to."
See, that's at least a good college try. Mike Shanahan, though, will not pander to your Dallas hatred.
"Well, any time you play a team within the division it's always a big game," he said, when asked about the rivalry.
Keep that up, coach, and I'll start tweeting about your personnel groupings.
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