Published: March 30th, 2010 | Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, Donovan McNabb, Eric Berry, Joey Porter, Kurt Warner, New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Roy Williams, Super Bowl XXXIX, Tedy Bruschi, Washington Redskins
After Donovan McNabb threw three interceptions during the Eagles’ 24-21 loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX, some Philadelphia fans said he choked in the big game.
McNabb might have choked, but did he really puke, as the story has been told (and re-told)? Hold on for just a second.
McNabb’s detractors — and let’s face it, there are a lot of them out there — have long used the supposed incident that he vomited in the huddle during the final minutes of the Super Bowl as a reason to hate (even more) on the five-time Pro Bowl quarterback.
But on Tuesday, the Philadelphia Inquirer went to great lengths to debunk the entire thing, calling it a myth:
He was not a passer and a hurler, as one account quipped. (At least not in this game. A YouTube video does show a heaving McNabb — in a game against Tampa Bay.)
Indeed, an alternative explanation has been almost completely overlooked — that McNabb was gasping, not because of nerves, but he got the wind knocked out of him while recovering a fumble, as New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi piled on.
“There was nothing on film to confirm it, which makes me skeptical,” said Comcast and WIP-AM analyst Ray Didinger, who long worked for NFL Films. “I do think he was gasping for air, and I think it was a result of the Bruschi hit. . . . The projectile vomiting? I’m not sure that happened.”
Other headlines from Around the Web on Tuesday:
- Cowboys WR Roy Williams believes he didn’t do anything to help last season and wants fans back on his bandwagon.
- The Raiders’ first pick (No. 8 overall) in next month’s draft is in demand.
- Cardinals LB Joey Porter’s camp fires back at the California Highway Patrol in the wake of his recent arrest.
- Highly touted free safety prospect Eric Berry is set to visit with the Redskins.
- Kurt Warner‘s remarkable story from grocery store worker to Super Bowl-winning quarterback might be made into a movie.