McNabb’s got jokes on the first night

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — You think Eagles QB Donovan McNabb will let the fact that he was a late addition to the NFC Pro Bowl roster ruin his good time?

Uh, no. For the record, it looks like he’s going to have plenty of fun this week.

McNabb, who was added Monday in place of Drew Brees, was all laughs and jokes Tuesday night during an NFC team meeting. Think Eddie Murphy as Buddy Love in the “Nutty Professor,” only not as harsh.

His target? The “newbies”, shall we say, and the Cowboys’ Pro Bowl players in general.

To start with, McNabb stood in front of the team and asked how many players were first-timers. After about a half dozen guys, unsuspicious of McNabb’s antics, raised their hands, he followed up with a request for their room numbers. So Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams, Eagles WR DeSean Jackson, 49ers TE Vernon Davis and several others had better be on the lookout for McNabb at their door! Who’s ready for a prank?

Speaking of Davis, he has a new look that McNabb noticed. Davis recently shaved off his signature dread locks, which McNabb clowned the tight end about having in the first place, saying he “needed that” and that he also should see a difference in his 40-time without them. Davis got a good laugh out of it.

And as for the Cowboys, well, McNabb couldn’t wait to interrupt a post-meeting convention going on between DeMarcus Ware, Miles Austin, Jason Witten and Terence Newman. The four of them were standing in a circle when McNabb walked in the middle of it and hysterically laughed while laying into them about being beat down by the Vikings in the divisional playoff round. After losing three times to NFC East rival Dallas this season, McNabb probably needed a good laugh.

He certainly figures to get in his fair share of them this week.

— Simon Samano

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