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Monday, July 6, 2009
McNabb, Campbell react to McNair's tragic death

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

What's supposed to be a quiet time in the NFL was interrupted by the shocking death of former Titans and Ravens quarterback Steve McNair in Nashville on Saturday. As police search for answers as to why McNair's life was cut short, his former teammates and competitors lined up to pay tribute to him.

Here's what Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb had to say via the team's Web site:

"Shocking. Tragic. I can't find many other words to describe what happened to Steve McNair," said McNabb. "He was a good friend to me over the years. My condolences go out to his family."

McNabb, McNair and Doug Williams are the only African-Americans who have started in a Super Bowl. Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell talked about what he called the "fraternity" of black quarterbacks in the league.

"The whole black quarterback thing, it's like a fraternity," Campbell said. "Guys who played before you pass the torch down to younger guys. You always keep in contact with those guys who came before you. You try to keep in contact with them and learn as much as possible from them. Losing a guy like that from our fraternity ... it hurts because of how much you looked up to him. He's definitely one of the guys I looked up to. A lot of other guys looked up to him too. It's just a real hard day."