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McNabb rooting hard for nephew Nurse, Oilers in Stanley Cup Qualifiers

Former Eagles quarterback, Chicago native is big Blackhawks fan but is making exception

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL Tonight: Donovan McNabb

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Donovan McNabb joins to talk about the career of his nephew, Darnell Nurse, defenseman for the Edmonton Oilers

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Donovan McNabb is keeping it in the family.

McNabb, a former NFL quarterback and six-time Pro Bowl selection for the Philadelphia Eagles, is a native of Chicago. But he will be rooting hard for the Edmonton Oilers when they play the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

That, of course, has to do with Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse, who is McNabb's nephew.

"The only thing about that matchup that you mentioned is, I'm from Chicago. And I'm a Blackhawks fan. ... For the championships that we won, I always threw that kind of in [Nurse's] face," McNabb said in an interview with NHL Network. "I just have to choose my nephew over my team. Slightly. But [the Oilers] need to get this done."

When it was suggested to McNabb that he could get a split jersey, half Oilers and half Blackhawks, to wear during the qualifiers, he brushed that off.

"I won't do that," he said. "I'll go straight for the Oilers."

McNabb also mentioned he isn't too graceful on ice skates or inline skates but can really cut it up at a roller rink in the original four-wheelers.

"We did the four-wheel and the stopper. On roller skates I'm outstanding," McNabb said. "You'll never see a guy turn backwards and roll with the best of them, with the music pumping. But as far as on ice with one blade or Rollerblades, I'm too big for that and nor will I try it at this age."

McNabb also said he was excited for the prospects of his nephew's team and its captain.

"I remember [Connor] McDavid back when he was just a baby face," McNabb said. "He's still a baby face. But I'm happy for both of those guys."

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