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McNabb scoffs at transfer rumors

PHILADELPHIA Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb on Friday dismissed media speculation about an offseason trade.

The Eagles missed out on the Super Bowl after losing to the Arizona Cardinals in the National Football Conference championship game and reports said McNabb could move on.

"I'll be in Philadelphia," he said in a telephone interview when asked where he would be next season.

"Hopefully this time next year I won't be working for media at the Super Bowl but practising and getting ready for the game."

McNabb is in Tampa ahead of the Super Bowl tomorrow (Shanghai time) promoting awareness of high blood pressure on behalf of pharmaceutical company Novartis.

"I've got mixed feelings about being here, you want to be involved. We were so close and I felt it was going to happen, it's hard," he said of missing out on the big game.

It would have been his second Super Bowl after defeat by the New England Patriots in 2005.

McNabb, 32, said getting his hands on a Super Bowl winners' ring was his target. "I am truly motivated (by that) and I see it happening, I see a motorcade down Broad Street (in Philadelphia)," he said.

McNabb said he was pleased for the Cardinals, who face the Pittsburgh Steelers tomorrow. "I'm happy for them, they are a team no one expected to be here, they beat us and it was well-deserved."

McNabb said Arizona's Kurt Warner, 37, who struggled to break into the NFL and looked to be fading out of sight until he resurrected his career with the Cardinals, was an example of the right attitude needed to be a top quarterback.

"As a quarterback you have ups and downs, some have more ups and downs than others. Kurt never hung his head or blamed anyone else, he waited for his opportunity.

"I'd love to play until I was 37 and win it. What a way to do it."


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