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Rooting For Players From Other Teams

Posted by Matt Terl on April 5, 2010 – 9:19 am

As reaction to the Donovan McNabb trade has continued to flood my Inbox, two major concerns keep coming up. The one I addressed late last night — his age — has been by far the most frequent. But not far behind is the question of being able to suddenly start rooting for a guy who has been the leader of a rival for eleven seasons.

I guess it’s not really a surprise that people are concerned about this. When Brett Favre crushed the hopes and dreams of Vikings fans — fans who had formerly loathed him, probably worse than Redskins fans loathed McNabb — I posed the hypothetical analogous question of if Redskins fans would’ve been able to root for a late-career Troy Aikman. The response was 2-to-1 against. People seemed almost appalled by the idea, and this isn’t all that different. (In fact, that post prompted the guys from Hogs Haven to write in the comments that “All the talk of McNabb possibly being a Skins 2010 QB candidate made me throw up my Rice Krispies.” Hope their breakfast went okay today.)

Anyhow, I understand the reticence in theory, but I suspect that only one thing matters when it comes down to it: success. Almost all Redskins fans will root for McNabb at the start because he’s now the Redskins QB; if he has success, it will become harder and harder to imagine why there was any worry at all.

After all, do you think of this when you think of John Riggins?

Or, perhaps more appropriately, this when you think of Sonny Jurgensen?

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