Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb spent part of his Wednesday news conference defending the fact that he didn't know the regular season overtime rules. It sounded like he was emboldened by the fact that other players (Hines Ward and Ben Roethlisberger) have rushed to his aid:
"It doesn't make me feel bad at all," McNabb said. "I was truly being honest. The thing about it is that now other people are starting to say that they didn't know it either. Am I wrong for that? No. Should I have known that rule? There are a lot of rules that coaches, officials, players, they don't know. Any time an official goes out on the field and then you see [NFL vice president of officiating] Mike Pereira trying to correct that mistake, that shows that officials don't even know everything in the rule book. [Neither do] coaches [or] players. What people may say about me, it doesn't bother me. As you can see, every time something happens that I have been a part of, more and more things have come out and people begin to sit back and say, 'Oh, maybe he was right.' Should I have know 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."