Donovan McNabb Video: Watch New Viking Strike Deal with Goofy Chris Kluwe

Adam LazarusSenior Analyst IAugust 2, 2011

Donovan McNabb seems like such a likable guy, a great teammate that it's hard to understand why he's been with three different teams in the past 18 months, why he couldn't co-exist with Terrell Owens or Mike Shanahan and why he's such a target for criticism.

And although taking a teammate's jersey under any circumstance is hardly good camaraderie, McNabb managed to acquire his trademark No. 5 from Vikings punter Chris Kluwe without looking like a prima donna. In fact, next to the Kluwe, McNabb comes off looking downright normal.

Obviously, for both Kluwe and McNabb, the $5,000 donation to the Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy charity is great, and it's nice to see that Kluwe didn't ask for a Rolex or a Maserati or a dozen Faberge Eggs.

But the ice cream cone and the mentioning of Kluwe's band five times in press conferences wasn't ingenious or funny or cute, it was yet another black eye for the already pathetic reputations of NFL kickers and punters.

Now most of the offenses committed by this group of "players" has come from kickers, not punters: Garo Yepremian, Mike "Our Idiot Kicker" Vanderjagt and Bill Gramatica (of make-a-field-goal-and-tear-your-ACL Fame) come to mind. So punters don't have quite the same bad reputation. 

But Kluwe—and maybe with an assist last year from the Giants' Matt Dodge (i.e. the Miracle at the New Meadowlands)—is really trying to pull even with kickers. Remember, Kluwe is the one who tweeted—from his account that features the handle ChrisWarcraft with a twitter pic that looks like a World of Warcraft action figure—let's say, extreme displeasure with Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Vincent Jackson over the status of lockout negotiations.

Most people regard kickers as from another planet anyway, and Kluwe just confirmed it, first with that tweet, then with his ice cream cone/band requests.