Life is mmm-mmm good for the Eagles QB, the NFC's top-rated passer who has his team at 3--0. He and wife Racquel had their first child last Thursday. Baby Alexis is also first grandkid for Donovan's mom, soup-commercial superstar Wilma McNabb. "She is beautiful," Wilma crowed. "To me, she looks like her daddy."
Rebounding from racially charged remarks last March, the Golden Boy is poised for literary success. Publishers Weekly predicts his new autobiography, Golden Boy, will go beyond its entire 100,000 first printing. Coming soon: Sandy Sullivan's Green Bay Love Stories and Other Affairs, in which the author tells how, at 19, she sneaked into Hornung's room for late-night X's and O's.
Dissed by his own offensive lineman ("Do you want to go work with some little young kid that just got out of college?" asked guard Alan Faneca), left in the dark (Hurricane Jeanne sacked the power at the Steelers' Fort Lauderdale hotel), picked off on his first pass, the big kid from Miami ( Ohio) and the first Steelers rookie QB to start in 34 years, rallied to beat the Dolphins with a fourth-quarter drive.
Raven says nevermore to early season slump--and quiets questions about whether a Nov. 1 court date (drug charges) is haunting him--by romping for 186 yards and a touchdown against the Bengals. And check out what he did in this week's SI Players' Xbox matchup (page 37).