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Posted at 9:39 AM ET, 02/ 7/2011

Donovan McNabb, Joe Gibbs and the Declaration of Independence

By Dan Steinberg

I guess it makes sense for the Redskins' representatives to kick off this NFL-themed reading of the Declaration of Independence. I mean, I guess. Frankly, I think it would make a lot more sense for the Eagles' representatives to be given that spot of honor, since D.C. wasn't exactly a thriving seat of freedom in 1776. More of a Bog, as legend has it.

Anyhow, fine, we'll take the honor. But then the decision to nominate Donovan McNabb and Joe Gibbs as the reading duo again seems kind of curious. As the video goes from city to city, it tended to highlight players with more than one year of service time with his current team. New Orleans was Drew Brees. Pittsburgh was Hines Ward. Green Bay was Charles Woodson and Donald Driver. Dallas was DeMarcus Ware.

Sure, there were the retirees, too, like Anthony Munoz in Ohio and Tim Brown and Jerry Rice in the Bay Area. But those are men pretty well associated with their NFL cities. I guess Maybe McNabb was supposed to conjure up those Independence Hall memories.

(Via SB Nation DC.)

By Dan Steinberg  | February 7, 2011; 9:39 AM ET
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LOL - Seriously? I'm sure the producers were just agonizing over the fact that McNabb was only in Washington for one season (and may not be here for another) before providing him the respectable position of being one of the area's ambassadors for this patriotic moment.

Posted by: PropJoe | February 7, 2011 9:59 AM | Report abuse

The real reason is that even Chris Cooley is probably not a high profile enough guy for this. Thats the problem.

Posted by: alex35332 | February 7, 2011 10:08 AM | Report abuse

If they wanted someone that embodied the (mythical)American work/moral ethic, they should have gone w/ Darrel Green or London Fletcher. But then, the nation cares not for model citizens, but for celebrities.

Posted by: nonsensical2001 | February 7, 2011 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Yeaaaa. That was a tad awkward.

Posted by: Tiffany010 | February 7, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I don't think it's really that serious.

Posted by: poeticfire | February 7, 2011 12:14 PM | Report abuse

not a big deal. you seem to want to critize everything associated with the Redskins. Get over it.

Posted by: bringbackimus | February 7, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

As I remember it, this spost was not dedicated to sports writers, bloggers or nay-sayers; but to those who have defended that declaration. Perhaps you should go back and listen again to the message. If it helps, close your eyes this time. By the way, there was no D.C. in 1776.

Posted by: fggreen | February 7, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse


Wait, did I miss who you are responding to, or didn't Dan write exactly that (your last point/shot)?

I'm always stunned by people who want to comment on a three-paragraph post without, you know, finishing even the first paragraph.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | February 7, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Man, they left out the list of grievances. That's my favorite part! I like "He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions."

Posted by: Section506 | February 7, 2011 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I enjoyed the message of the production. Joe Gibbs and Donovan McNabb are excellent men and Americans.

Posted by: sonofliberty09 | February 7, 2011 5:51 PM | Report abuse

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