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Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Donovan McNabb's GQ interview

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

In case you haven't picked up a copy of September's GQ Magazine, there's an interview with Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb. Stephen Rodrick basically conducts an Eagles exit interview, and McNabb was relatively transparent, by his standards. Here are some of the highlights, as chosen by the Beast editorial staff:

What was the secret to your relationship with Andy Reid?

He stuck his neck out to draft me when he had the Mel Kipers of the world and some scouts who said, "He's not accurate, he's going to take three, four, five years to learn a West Coast offense." Our relationship is so strong that I can finish his sentences sometimes. We laugh about it. When I'm out on the field, if he calls a play and I can't hear it, I'd look back and mouth "What is it?" and he'd just say, "Just call something." I'd go out there and probably get a first down or we score or whatever, and he'd say, "Why don't you just call the whole game?" and I would say, "I've been waiting on that."

Did you puke?

No, at no point did I throw up. I got hit and dumped on my face a couple of times ... we lost Todd Pinkston ... we all were gassed, and there were a couple of times in the game where I got hit either by [linebacker Tedy] Bruschi or by [defensive end Richard] Seymour, I had grass in my helmet and maybe I lost my wind a little bit, but nothing to the point where I would come out of the game. People can run that game back and forth and find out that I wasn't throwing up, but I guess it's a sexy topic to talk about.

Do you regret being honest enough to say you were confused about the overtime rules?

The media wants you to be honest and up front with them, and then when you are, they just throw the dagger at you. "Oh, what was he thinking?" There were a lot of responses from other players who said the same thing I did, and then when the referee tells you, "Hey, you get another five minutes to go after this quarter ..." Nobody talks about that.

You're in the game and the ref ... ?

We're in the game, and we go off on third and out, they're out there, and I'm like, "Hey, we need to get this thing going, how much time is left?" I'm looking at the clock and the ref is like, "We've got another five minutes after this quarter if no one scores." [Editors note: Yep, that's what he said. The NFL had no comment.] I didn't think nothing of it, but I did hear it. It was a mistake on my part. I've got to know the rules.

How did you and Reid repair the damage after your benching?

I had a meeting set up with Andy and [owner] Jeffrey Lurie after the season. We sat down and talked, and I got everything off my chest from '99 on. It went all the way back to the T.O. situation, it went back to us not winning big games, me being criticized for whatever, leadership, whatever it may be, and how no one in the organization ever stepped up and said anything. They'll say something to you in the building, but not publicly. My feeling was, "I'm out here getting cut up, where are you? I'm always defending and helping you guys, but where's that support?" I thought it was beneficial, because you can sit there and tell somebody you truly love them, you're a big fan, your family loves you, but what about when we're over here in the hot seat, where are you now?

So what would you guys have asked McNabb in this interview?