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Thom Loverro: Donovan McNabb's advice to RGIII is not worth listening to

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You know, maybe Robert Griffin III -- SuperBob -- should listen to former Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb. Maybe the kid should learn from the old veteran.

Maybe SuperBob should do what McNabb did when he arrived via trade in Washington in 2010, before he ever took a snap on the football field for this team -- dress himself up, stand on a street corner, stop businessmen and ask, "Want a date?"

McNabb went around the city begging for business before his first training camp even opened for the Redskins. He wasn't subtle about it. He declared Donovan McNabb was open for business, baby.

"I am approachable," McNabb told the Washington Business Journal in July 2010. "A lot of the time, people get nervous or scared to go up to an athlete because they don't know what kind of response they'll get." No worries, he said: "I'm all yours."

I'm all yours. Can you pull the car around into that alley, though?

McNabb appeared at a reception hosted by the Greater Washington Board of Trade. More than 50 business leaders attended, according to the Washington Business Journal, and McNabb posed for pictures and gave each one of them an autographed football.

But, then again, Griffin's deal is different. He's not a veteran like McNabb was. He's coming off knee surgery.

"It's too much right now; it's just too much," McNabb told the Washington Post recently. "I get some of things he's doing to draw attention to himself: the Adidas commercials, going out and enjoying the life of a young, famous NFL quarterback. I understand RG has a lot of stuff going on.

"But if you're coming off ACL surgery, you don't need to be having a press conference at OTAs. Every week? Really? It becomes a circus, a sideshow. It takes away from the focus of what those sessions are supposed to be about: the team."

I don't think McNabb brought any of his teammates to this business hookup -- a hookup, by the way, that he asked for. The Washington Business Journal reported that McNabb's advisors asked for the meeting with the Board of Trade, the first time such a request had been made in recent memory.

And McNabb has suggested that if he gets a chance to talk to Griffin, maybe their fathers could talk as well, since Griffin's dad has gone public suggesting the Redskins need to change their style of play for his son.

That would be no problem for McNabb's father, who, according to the Washington Business Journal, attended the 2010 hookup along with his wife and several family members and friends called "Team McNabb."

"I plan on being here for years to come," McNabb said.

Yeah. Take advice from this guy.

Examiner

columnist Thom Loverro is the co-host of "The Sports Fix" from noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday on ESPN980 and espn980.com. Contact him at tloverro@washingtonexaminer.com.

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