Donovan McNabb: Philadelphia Quarterback's Maturity Shouldn't be Questioned

Jamie BrownCorrespondent IJanuary 20, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 20:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs from the field after defeating the San Francisco 49ers at Lincoln Financial Field on December 20, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Remember when you were in school?

There was that one teacher, let's call him Mr. Smith, and whether he taught a class of yours, or you just ran into him in between classes, you knew who he was. This particular teacher was mean and most of the kids despised him because of his military-like teaching style.

Most kids tried to get out of any area where he was lurking about, in case he wanted to put them in detention for wearing non-matching socks or chewing gum.

This guy was trying too hard to be a leader and it backfired on him. He was the butt of everyone's jokes, but you wouldn't dare say anything to his face because, really, who wants to spend 7-9 Saturday morning cleaning chalkboards?

Mr. Smith wasn't a bad teacher, but he didn't want to connect with students. Who knows why?

Maybe he knew that in only a few years, these kids would be gone, and a new batch of annoying, gum-chewing, red-on-the-left-yellow-on-the-right sock-wearing twerps would replace them.

And then there was the other guy, let's say Mr. Joe. Mr. Joe was a nice guy. He was witty and he connected with students. People wanted to be in his class, and from time to time would even start a chat with him at lunchtime.

Mr. Joe had a weird way of teaching, though. He was what Mr. Smith would call "unconventional" and sometimes even let you turn in your homework late.

Mr. Joe was a great guy and there were no jokes being told behind his back. He was a friend to us all. He tried to connect because he knew that even if there were only three or four years before he wouldn't see you again, it didn't matter. He wanted the trip to be as fun and educational as possible.

You can probably guess where I am going with this.

McNabb is Mr. Joe, the nice guy. He is consistent in getting people to follow him and feed off of his energy. During his years with the Eagles, McNabb has created a tight connection between him and the rest of the players.

Imagine being a rookie WR, like DeSean Jackson was in 2008, and walking into the locker room for the first time...

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