Pro Bowl events this week
By John Nadel
Donovan McNabb is right where he belongs in the Pro Bowl.
Inexplicably, he needed the medical defection of Kurt Warner to get his invitation.
|Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb practiced yesterday at the Ihilani Resort at Ko Olina.
But McNabb is just happy to be here for Sundays game at Aloha Stadium. And the second-year quarterback is confident the Philadelphia Eagles, one of the NFLs surprise teams this season, are only going to get better.
"Im a young guy just making my mark in this league," McNabb, 24, said yesterday before the NFCs practice.
McNabb was the player most responsible for turning the Eagles (11-5) into a winner after they went a combined 8-24 over the previous two seasons, passing for 3,365 yards and 21 touchdowns and rushing for a team-leading 629 yards and six TDs.
He set team records with 569 attempts and 307 completions, accounted for 75 percent of his teams offense, led the Eagles into the postseason, and finished second behind St. Louis Marshall Faulk in the voting for the NFLs MVP award.
So its only fitting hell be playing in his first Pro Bowl, even if it is as a replacement for Warner, ruled out of the game yesterday because of the lingering effects of a concussion he suffered in the final regular-season game.
"Basically, Donovan carried the whole offense, he and (tight end) Chad Lewis," Eagles Pro Bowl defensive end Hugh Douglas said. "It was a tough season, with (running back) Duce Staley going down. Hes a special kind of guy."
"The main thing about Donovan is he makes football fun," said Lewis, also in his first Pro Bowl.
McNabb said he wasnt surprised by the Eagles 11 wins and playoff berth. "I expected success, you prepare for success," he said. "Hopefully, well continue to get better."
NOTES: Former Kansas City Chiefs running back Christian Okoye is among 10 former NFL players who will be at the ninth annual "noncontact" football clinic at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wheeler Army Air Field. The Foundation for Athletes Helping Kids is sponsoring the event, which is free for children ages 7-17. In past years, the foundation has donated $308,000 to D.A.R.E programs in Hawaii. For information, call 951-6167. . . . St. Louis receiver Torry Holt was also added to the NFC roster yesterday. He replaces Rams teammate Isaac Bruce, who has injured ribs.
Pro Bowl events this week
9 a.m. AFC practice at Ihilani
10 a.m. NFC practice at Aloha Stadium
8 a.m. AFC practice at Aloha Stadium
9 a.m. NFC practice at Ihilani
10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame Day at the TOPPS NFL Experience at Aloha Stadium
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Miller Lite NFL Pro Bowl Battle of the Gridiron at Ihilani
Noon-8 p.m. TOPPS NFL Experience at Aloha Stadium
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