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McNabb wasn't brilliant enough

Updated: February 7, 2005, 2:32 AM ET
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- He tried, you know? The slick tan suit, the snakeskin kicks, the brown vest, the perfect tie, cooling off with a swig of fruit punch Gatorade, rubbing the biceps of a right arm that threw for 357 yards and three touchdowns.

Donovan McNabb looked the part of a winning quarterback after Super Bowl XXXIX. He looked good. Except for his bottom lip. It was bleeding. Bad.

Live, in front of the cameras, there was blood on his mouth. And so as he answered questions ...

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