Why Donovan McNabb said "Absolutely!"
By now, you've no doubt watched Donovan McNabb's post-game Philadelphia locker room speech eight or nine times. And you've no doubt wondered about the bizarre ending.
"Everybody makes mistakes in their lifetime, and they made one last year, so thank you!" McNabb concludes to roars from his teammates, although, technically speaking, his trade didn't happen last year. Then he gets ready to sit down. And....scene.
Except before he can sit down, several voices yell out "Absolutely!" and McNabb answers in kind, as others laugh. Absolutely? Anyone care to explain?
"That's Donovan's word," Vonnie Holliday told me. "It's like his filler word. Even when he's in the locker room, laughing, having a good time, if you say something, he'll be like Absolooootely. No matter what it is, he'll finish his statement with absolutely. Junior Seau, his filler word was buddy. With Donovan, it's absolutely."
"He ends everything with absolutely," Artis Hicks agreed. "I guess to him that's like saying Yeah. You could ask him, 'Hey man, you want to get something to eat?' Absolooootely."
"Hey Donovan, you ready to practice, you ready to play?" Chris Wilson offered, as another example. "Absolooootely. That's just his word. That's one of the things we noticed about him when he first got here."
"You'll be like, 'Oh, is this a big game today?' " Anthony Armstrong continued. "He's like, oh, absolooootely, absolutely. When you say absolutely, you know you're talking about D5."
"He says it in a weird way," Casey Rabach added. "Absolooootely."
"Donovan McNabb has a lot of mannerisms that people kind of catch on to," Phillip Buchanan concluded.
And so, mystery solved. Donovan McNabb likes to say absolutely. Except, hold up for one minute. "A lot of mannerisms" sounds to me like more than just this one word. What else did teammates notice about their new quarterback? More importantly, for what else do they make fun of him?
"He's got a mean tuck-in game," Wilson said. "He tucks in all his shirts, t-shirts. Even at practice today, he's gonna have his jersey tucked in. I think he tucked in his sweatshirt one day. It's ridiculous."
"Even in those daisy dukes shorts, those short shorts, he has his shirt tucked in," Buchanan said. "He's more of a preppy school guy from Syracuse. I guess they had to walk around campus with their shirts tucked in."
"Oh my God, that's probably the most annoying thing out of all of them," Hicks added. "We'll be just walking around in the weight room, everybody's got cut-off shirts on, or just in the steam room after practice, and he comes in with his shirt tucked in. I don't care if it's like a workout shirt talked into his girdle. I guess he just has a thing about tucking his shirt in. He probably sleeps with his shirt tucked into his pajamas."
"I thought it was a Philly thing, but I guess his mom and dad made him do it when he was young," Rabach said. "Me being the fashionista trend-setter here, I can't really pick on anyone for wardrobe deficiencies."
And yes, during those preseason rookie skits, there was indeed a group of newcomers who went in front of the team and pretended to be McNabb. Their primary tools were tucking in their shirts and saying Absolooootely.
One enterprising Post reporter managed to snap these candids of McNabb during Wednesday's press availability. Note the shirt.
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