Teammate: McNabb so ill he couldn't call play

PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan McNabb was so ill in the fourth
quarter of the Super Bowl that a Philadelphia Eagles teammate
called one play in the huddle, center Hank Fraley told a TV

"He fought to the end. He gave it his all," Fraley said on
Comcast SportsNet in a show aired Monday night. "He could hardly
call the plays -- that's how exhausted he was trying to give it his
all. If you remember back when we played Jacksonville two years ago
and he ended up puking, it was close to that scene. He exhausted
everything he had."

Eagles spokesman Derek Boyko said Tuesday that McNabb wasn't
injured during Philadelphia's 24-21 loss to the New England
Patriots. However, McNabb might have been feeling sick -- he fought
a cold earlier in the week.

McNabb was shaky at times in Sunday's game. He passed for 357
yards and three touchdowns, but he also threw three interceptions.

The quarterback misfired on several passes early, held the ball
too long at other times, and made several poor decisions. One of
the best scramblers in the NFL, McNabb had zero yards rushing on
just one carry and was sacked four times.

He struggled in particular in the fourth quarter, getting picked
off twice and looking slow in getting the team moving late.

"He didn't get a play call in one time," Fraley said. "He
mumbled and (receiver) Freddie Mitchell yelled out the play we were
trying to bring in. He was puking at the same time, trying to hold
it in."

Mitchell said on Tuesday that McNabb was having complications
and "couldn't get it out so I just had to finish the play up."

"It was my first time being the quarterback in the NFL,"
Mitchell said on a local television station. "It was hard. He kind
of tried to get the hand signals to the team, but I knew what he
was thinking. I just finished the play up."

McNabb left Tuesday for Hawaii, where he will start for the NFC
in Sunday's Pro Bowl. His agent did not immediately return a phone
call Tuesday.

The QB had the best season of his six-year NFL career, leading
the Eagles to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1981 after
three straight losses in the NFC championship game.

McNabb set a team record with 3,875 yards passing and became the
first NFL player to throw for more than 30 touchdowns (31) and
fewer than 10 interceptions (eight). His passer rating of 104.7
ranked second in the NFC.