NASCAR Twittersphere Hits Back At Donovan McNabb
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.
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
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
Eventually, the hashtag #PeopleWhoAreMoreOfAnAthleteThanDonovanMcNabb emerged and fans and drivers.
Jimmie Johnson took the higher road, responding to the criticism Saturday morning.
After hordes of drivers, fans and industry insiders bashed McNabb throughout the day, the former quarterback fired back.
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."