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McNabb Laughs At Controversy

Quarterback Donovan McNabb did the rest of the NFL a big favor last Sunday.

If there were players that didn't know an NFL game could end in a tie, they are completely aware of it now.

"I think 100 percent of everybody in the league knows now," McNabb said. "I'm kind of a trend-setter. I've kind of set the trend."

McNabb became a lightning rod for controversy once again after admitting during a postgame interview following last Sunday's 13-13 tie in Cincinnati that he didn't know an NFL game could end in a tie.

Since then McNabb has been skewered by fans and the media, but that didn't seem to faze No. 5.

"It didn't make me feel bad at all," McNabb said. "I was just being honest. The thing about it is that now other people are saying they didn't know it either. Am I wrong for that? No. Should I have known that rule? There are a lot of coaches, officials, players that don't know."

McNabb has been down this road before. He's been down this road with people like Rush Limbaugh, Terrell Owens, James Brown and Pam Oliver just to name a few.

"This is 10 years for me," McNabb said. "I've been through the down days, the down weeks. I've been through the highs. So I don't let anything like this affect me in any way. I know what my job entitles me to do and I know what these guys in the locker room look forward to me doing. That's the only thing I concern myself with."

McNabb even took it one step further, saying that when controversy swirls around him he more often than not comes out on the correct side of the issue.

"What people say doesn't bother me because, as you can see, every time something has happened that I've been a part of, more and more things have come out that people began to sit back and say 'Oh well, maybe he was right,'" McNabb said. "Should I have known that rule? Yes. But there are a lot of rules in that rulebook that a lot of us don't know and we ask questions."

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was one of the players that came out in McNabb's defense this week. After listening to Roethlisberger, perhaps McNabb did do the league a favor.

"The rules change so often that you never know what happens," said Roethlisberger to the Associated Press. "People are being way, way too hard on Donovan and making way too big a deal of this."

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