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McNabb offered combine advice to hockey star nephew

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Since Robert Griffin III apparently doesn’t want his fatherly advice, Donovan McNabb’s giving it to his nephew the hockey player.

McNabb has been working with Darnell Nurse, who is expected to be one of the top picks in the June 30 NHL Draft (at least according to my mock draft).

He’s been one of the best people in my life to go to for advice,” Nurse said of McNabb, via Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News. “He’s been a big influence in my life. I think anyone who has a family member in sports faces the same thing.

“But at the same time, it’s a different sport and I’m trying to do my thing so that at some point, my sister’s kids will be asking about me.”

Nurse’s dad, Richard, is the brother of McNabb’s wife Raquel. Richard Nurse was also a wide receiver in the CFL, so Darnell has some background with pro athletes at home.

But growing up in outside Toronto, his dad steered him toward hockey. He’s been going to Arizona to train with McNabb the last five years. But the last time they saw each other, McNabb prepped him for his combine interviews by portraying an executive.

What he hasn’t been able to do was get McNabb into hockey, at least as a participant.

“I’ve tried to get him on skates, but he won’t budge,” Nurse said. “That’s the next step.”

While Nurse might not be on the board when the Flyers pick 11th, he knows from visiting his uncle twice a year in Philadelphia that playing in that kind of market would be an experience.

“I loved it there,” Nurse said. “The fans are crazy. But I think that’s the best part of the city – that they’re crazy about their sports. They’re going to let you know when you don’t do so well. I think my uncle is a prime example of that.

“But at the same time, you get a lot of respect for success. If I had the opportunity to go there, that’s the kind of market you want to play in.”

At least until it goes to overtime.

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28 Responses to “McNabb offered combine advice to hockey star nephew”
  1. joetoronto says: Jun 18, 2013 12:05 PM

    KId, just do the opposite of what McNabb tells you and you’ll be alright.

    That chooch couldn’t make a proper decision to save his life.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 18, 2013 12:06 PM

    Too bad, the kid is 6-5, 200 pounds at 18, and as tough as nails. Would have been a great quarterback.

  3. smalltownqb says: Jun 18, 2013 12:09 PM

    Sounds like a solid kid with a good head on his shoulders.

  4. mtheparrothead says: Jun 18, 2013 12:27 PM

    Phillys the Kim of market you want to play in? Yeah if you enjoy not playing hockey in may. Go red wings.

  5. floriohatesthebirds says: Jun 18, 2013 12:28 PM

    Cue McNabb haters.

  6. nfloracle says: Jun 18, 2013 12:30 PM

    Does McNabb have a public relations agency feeding all this stuff to sports reporters? The next thing you know we’ll be getting advice from Donovan on how to make quiche on the Food Network.

  7. bennyb82 says: Jun 18, 2013 12:32 PM

    If McNabb never made it to the NFL, I have a feeling he would be that creepy guy hanging out at his former high school`s football games ready to take a player with some talent under his wing…not that there is anything wrong with that…

  8. thesmartest1 says: Jun 18, 2013 12:48 PM

    Looks like the wife’s side is a whole lot smarter than the McNabb side.

  9. igglesrule says: Jun 18, 2013 12:50 PM

    Hockey has a draft????

  10. jerrysshadescleaner says: Jun 18, 2013 1:00 PM

    was this over a box of dunkin doughnuts n a milkshake? just wondering

  11. razzmatazzcomics says: Jun 18, 2013 1:02 PM

    The Flyers could use him. Doubt he’ll still be available at pick # 11.

  12. dallassux says: Jun 18, 2013 1:03 PM

    mtheparrothead says:
    Jun 18, 2013 12:27 PM
    Phillys the Kim of market you want to play in? Yeah if you enjoy not playing hockey in may. Go red wings.

    ———————————————————————————

    That would be funny if the flyers didn’t make to the playoffs 18 out of 20 years. But nice try at humor.

  13. themagicman1223 says: Jun 18, 2013 1:20 PM

    I watched the guy play alot in SOO this year, the kid has tremendous potential.

  14. themagicman1223 says: Jun 18, 2013 1:21 PM

    @igglesrule Yes it does, the best sport in the world has a drat.

  15. blowpackblow says: Jun 18, 2013 1:23 PM

    Touched by an uncle

  16. thevikes99 says: Jun 18, 2013 1:25 PM

    God McNabb should just shut up! This guy wants to be back in the lime lite so bad he do anything or say anything.

  17. eagles512 says: Jun 18, 2013 1:34 PM

    So McNabb’s nephew says how he’s always been there for him and people come on here and tell McNabb to shut up? I guess we know who the real idiots are.

  18. rayfinkleisonehellofamodelamerican says: Jun 18, 2013 1:39 PM

    So, what’s the story here? He offered advice to his nephew…my uncle gives me advice all the time.

  19. brettfavresmidget says: Jun 18, 2013 2:17 PM

    McNabb to nephew: Be passive-aggressive.

  20. pooflingingmonkey says: Jun 18, 2013 2:18 PM

    igglesrule says:
    Jun 18, 2013 12:50 PM
    “Hockey has a draft????”

    There’s hockey? what is that?

  21. deathmonkey41 says: Jun 18, 2013 2:29 PM

    Let’s hope his uncle didn’t rub off on him too much- throwing up on ice is much different than throwing up on grass.

  22. CKL says: Jun 18, 2013 2:52 PM

    I just might pay to watch McNabb on ice skates. LOL

  23. nathanbetz91 says: Jun 18, 2013 3:14 PM

    Mcnabbs deppressed, its obvious. His sub-par career in the NFL was cut short In his eyes, and just like jamarcus Russell he has to much pride in himself to call it quits when its obvious that there’s nothing going for them.

  24. upperdecker19 says: Jun 18, 2013 5:01 PM

    Good luck getting an interpretation of the hockey overtime and shootout rules from #5

  25. jerrysshadescleaner says: Jun 18, 2013 7:19 PM

    Uncle Donovan, more like Uncle Tom

  26. joetoronto says: Jun 19, 2013 5:39 AM

    Que the idiots that always say que.

  27. kelz1966kelz1966 says: Jun 19, 2013 7:45 AM

    Why is this story listed under Eagles news? This has nothing to do with the Eagles or football.

  28. tombradyswig says: Jun 25, 2013 2:05 PM

    sorry Donny, you can’t throw ground balls or worm burners in hockey!!
    Let the kid be!

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