VIDEO: Joe Gibbs, Donovan McNabb Read Declaration Of Independence Before Super Bowl XLV


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The running joke (well, maybe that's not the right word) is that the NFL is essentially an extension of the military, given the violent nature of the sport and all. In an attempt to feed this perception, the NFL just ran a long advertisement that featured a reading of the Declaration of Independence.

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The men leading the charge? None other than our own Joe Gibbs and Donovan McNabb. Gibbs is a legend around these parts for his work as the Redskins' head coach, and McNabb is, at least for now, a member of the current Redskins. I suppose it makes a tiny bit of sense to have them leading the charge, since they are associated with our nation's capital, but it's still not the two people you probably expected.

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The segment as a whole, for what it's worth, was just awkward. I guess I understand the connection between football and our American heritage, but was an entire reading of the Declaration really necessary? Did it really provide anyone with a sense of American pride, or did it really just reinforce that we're a country that cares way too much about a violent game?

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(video via @jose3030).

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