McNabb family grows by 2 with birth of twins

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - December 3, 2008 McNabb's wife, Roxie, gave birth to twins - a boy and a girl - early Tuesday. McNabb is not disclosing their names. The McNabbs also have a 4-year-old daughter, Alexis.

McNabb put football aside for a few seconds Wednesday at his weekly news conference and spoke about his family life.

"People talk about how family is the most important thing in your life and it is," McNabb said. "No matter what happens out on the football field, you always know that you go home to the loving individuals who just truly love you for who you are, not what you do."

McNabb admitted there was a stark difference between the love expressed by his family and that of the fickle Eagles fans.

"It's a difference when you talk about family love and love for what you do," he said. "When it comes to family, despite whatever you may do, decisions you make, the mistakes that you make, when you go home, I can always look into my daughter's eyes and my daughter tells me she loves me, and that's a different feeling."

McNabb acknowledged that the impending births were on his mind the last few weeks and might have affected his performance on the field.

"I can't sit here and say, 'Yes,' that it wasn't on my mind in the previous weeks," he said. "But I tried to not let if affect my play, knowing that I didn't play as well as I wanted to in the previous weeks."

Eagles safety Brian Dawkins, whose wife gave birth to twins last year, said the additions to the McNabb family could help his teammate.

"When those babies are born and everybody is healthy, it is such a blessing," Dawkins said. "It is such a burden off your shoulders. It's such a release of newfound energy that you really get from that type of life being brought into your household."

The twins' arrival came nine days after McNabb was benched for the first time in his career and five days after the Eagles' impressive Thanksgiving night victory over the Arizona Cardinals in which he tossed four touchdown passes.

With the births behind him - and his wife - McNabb is looking forward to getting back on the field and facing the rival New York Giants on Sunday in what amounts to the first of four must-win games if the Birds hope to qualify for the postseason.

"It's sort of a little weight off your shoulders knowing that everyone is healthy and everyone is fine and kind of come back here and have fun," he said.

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