McNabb acting more like himself in Hawaii

Updated: February 10, 2005, 9:11 AM ET
By James C. Black | ESPN.com

KAPOLEI, Hawaii -- If Donovan McNabb was indeed sick on Sunday night, he has since regained his sense of humor … and appetite.

"There will be chicken wings at the pool bar," the Eagles Pro Bowl quarterback quipped after the NFC's practice at Ihilani Resort on Wednesday.

Donovan McNabb
If McNabb was under the weather at the Super Bowl, he was back to being himself at the Pro Bowl on Wednesday.
Both playful and serious as he responded to questions, McNabb denied suggestions by teammate Hank Fraley that he was sick during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XXXIX against the Patriots. McNabb, who had not thrown any interceptions during Philadelphia's previous two postseason victories, was picked three times and had several other shaky moments during the 24-21 defeat.

"He could hardly call the plays -- that's how exhausted he was trying to give it his all," Fraley said on Comcast SportsNet in a show aired Monday night. "If you remember back when we played Jacksonville two years ago and he ended up puking, it was close to that scene. He exhausted everything he had."

McNabb acknowledged that he had a cold prior to the game and was more fatigued than usual in the huddle at times, but said he didn't experience any stomach pains.

"I was hungry. Not hungry in the sense that I was ready to eat, but I wanted to make any and every play possible," said McNabb, who completed 30 of 51 passes for 357 yards and three touchdowns. "No, I wasn't sick and no, I didn't throw up. I was tired a little bit but we scored on that drive, and that's the main thing."

McNabb also acknowledged that he was not pleased with his teammate's comments, one claim being that wide receiver Freddie Mitchell had to finish giving a play call.

"I get the plays in my helmet, so Freddie wouldn't be able to call the plays," McNabb said as he laughed.

If McNabb was ailing, the Patriots were oblivious.

"I didn't notice whether he was sick or not," Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi said on Wednesday. "Obviously, the center probably knows the quarterback better than anyone else.

"I wasn't trying to recognize or notice that. I was just trying to focus on what we were doing."

James C. Black is an NFL Editor for ESPN.com and may be reached at james.black@espn3.com.

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