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Working on my accuracy
Posted: Monday March 22, 1999 05:37 PM
Click here if you have a question for Donovan McNabb. He'll answer a question or two in each week's diary entry.
I've got a meeting with the Minnesota Vikings coming up, and it definitely would be a privilege to play under Randall Cunningham and have the chance to throw to receivers as talented as Randy Moss and Cris Carter. It's just a meeting, and I've talked with a lot of teams, but if that were the way things worked out, I'd love to play in Minnesota.
Cunningham was a quarterback I idolized growing up -- I'd watch him and try to take some of the things he did and assimilate them into my game. I liked the way he would scramble, stop and still find a way to get the ball to his receivers. If you can't find a receiver, there's nothing wrong with using your mind, using your feet and moving the chains.
I think this past year really defined all the things Randall has been capable of doing throughout his career. Despite his age, he came back and really showcased his arm strength and leadership, something people slighted him about early in his career. To see him come back and have such a great year was really special.
Donovan, do you wish you could have played more basketball at Syracuse? -- Tom Ritzer, Reedsburg, Wisconsin.
I don't know if I'd say that, but I know there are things about basketball that have helped me in football -- the footwork, the quickness, the vision and especially the leadership. When I was part of the team, there wasn't too much of a leader, so even if I wasn't the oldest or most experienced player on the team, I tried to show some leadership. When we went to the Final Four in 1996, a lot of people talked about the leadership, and I've tried to carry that over to the football field. I still like to watch basketball, though I haven't gotten out there much lately. It's a great sport for competing because while there are individual aspects, you're always working as part of the team.
As for this year's Final Four, I always seem to root for the underdogs. I'd love to see Ohio State do something, but it's going to be tough for them. If you look at them and Michigan State, those are two Big Ten schools that nobody said would last. I think one of the big teams is going to fall and it'll be a championship game that nobody is expecting.
Donovan, I know you like to play video games -- do you think it will be a little bit crazy seeing your name and athletic abilities in a video game? Do you think the game designers will make you a great player? -- Dale, Dallas
I play a lot of video games. I use it as a way to prepare myself for the real thing. It's fun to play with teammates, to get excited when you make a big play or make a guy miss. It doesn't make any difference in the real game, but it's fun to play around with it.
I've played a lot of Madden '99 football, and recently I've played a lot of the FIFA soccer game -- I enjoy that a lot. We play the basketball games, too, and most all of the sports games.
When I was in school, whenever I got the books done, it was fun to pick up the joysticks -- or when you needed a break from studying. One of my roommates would get talking about how bad they could beat me, and we had a lot of fun going back and forth.
You don't want to play with the same team too much, but I played the Packers a lot. I liked taking Brett Favre and Dorsey Levens and dominating the game. Everyone seems to play Green Bay in these games, so if one of my friends wanted to take the Packers, I'd play with Minnesota. In Madden '98, the Broncos were my favorite team.
I've played some of the college games, too -- the Bill Walsh version this past year had me being pretty fast, but my accuracy wasn't too high. It's just a video game, so it shouldn't matter too much. Most of the guys don't like playing themselves -- if anything, they grab another team and see what they can do with it.
Former Syracuse quarterback Donovan McNabb is expected to be a high first-round draft pick in the 1999 NFL Draft in April. Check back each week for another draft diary from him at CNNSI.com.
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