NASCAR Twittersphere Hits Back At Donovan McNabb On Friday's FOX Sports Live, Donovan McNabb said race car drivers, particularly Jimmie Johnson, are not athletes. The NASCAR Twittersphere fired back with passion and fury. By Jay Pennell Nov 16, 2013 at 9:30a ET <A href="http://msn.foxsports.com/watch/fox-sports-live/video?vid=3983a5b5-d684-4d84-8af3-d9bc080e9d6f&videoId=3983a5b5-d684-4d84-8af3-d9bc080e9d6f&from=shareembed-syndication&src=v5:embed:syndication:" target="_new" title="McNabb: Jimmie Johnson 'absolutely not' an athlete">Video: McNabb: Jimmie Johnson 'absolutely not' an athlete</A> If there is one group of people you don't want to upset, it's NASCAR fans and drivers. It's pretty safe to say former NFL quarterback and FOX Sports Live analyst Donovan McNabb understands that now. Following Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season finale, McNabb and the FOX Sports Live crew were discussing where Jimmie Johnson's dominance ranks in sports today. While McNabb said Johnson was the third-most dominant in sports, he made it very clear he did not think the five-time champ was an athlete. Immediately, the NASCAR Twittersphere exploded as they came to the defense of race car drivers everywhere. Donovan McNabb is a moron. Says @JimmieJohnson isn't an athlete because he doesn't do anything active, just drives a car....— Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) November 16, 2013 Wow @donovanjmcnabb really? Got to b an idiot. I'd like to see him keep up with @JimmieJohnson in a workout. And drive our cars for 500miles— Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (@StenhouseJr) November 16, 2013 I had respect for McNabb as an athlete. But what a comment....Bet he couldn't do what JJ does, but bet JJ can throw ball @ receivers feet.— Eric McClure (@ericmcclure) November 16, 2013 And certainly don't mean 2 be too disrespectful to Mcnabb, But i know how hard I've worked on & off track, and battle things, just to be avg— Eric McClure (@ericmcclure) November 16, 2013 He's entitled to his opinion, even if I don't agree @_legohead_: can't wait 2 hear what @keselowski has to say about the comments by mcNabb!— Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) November 16, 2013 I think it's safe to say @donovanjmcnabb lost a fan tonight— Ryan Truex (@Ryan_Truex) November 16, 2013 We need a cup owner to provide a current car, go to Bristol,put McNabb in for 500 laps by himself. Then ask if drivers are athletes #educate— Jeff Burton (@JeffBurton) November 16, 2013 Stating an opinion doesn't make McNabb a bad guy. Many believe the same thing. Gotta prove it before doubters will understand.— Jeff Burton (@JeffBurton) November 16, 2013 20+ yr debate. @NASCAR driver athlete? Never met a "athlete" who actually drove a racecar that doubted it. Care to take a ride Donovan?— Jeff Gordon (@JeffGordonWeb) November 16, 2013 Two of #NASCAR s most misunderstood words.."Off Season & Athlete " #GetWithTheProgram— joey meier (@2Spotter) November 16, 2013 Eventually, the hashtag #PeopleWhoAreMoreOfAnAthleteThanDonovanMcNabb emerged and fans and drivers. Wow How I know NASCAR fans are really mad -#PeopleWhoAreMoreOfAnAthleteThanDonovanMcNabb Is now trending.— Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) November 16, 2013 I love NASCAR Fans #PeopleWhoAreMoreOfAnAthleteThanDonovanMcNabb— Austin Dillon (@austindillon3) November 16, 2013 Jimmie Johnson took the higher road, responding to the criticism Saturday morning. The debate continues... Everyone is entitled to an opinion. #DriversAreAthletes— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) November 16, 2013 I choose to be respectful. There is way too much venom spewed these days. @gumby61184 @jeff_gluck— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) November 16, 2013 After hordes of drivers, fans and industry insiders bashed McNabb throughout the day, the former quarterback fired back. Glad to see that you are watching @FOXSportsLive. If you have any questions to what I said, look up the word and you will have your answer.— Donovan McNabb (@donovanjmcnabb) November 16, 2013 Just to help Donovan out, here is Merriam-Webster's definition of an athlete: "a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina."