McNabb Might Get a Ride With Johnson

Jimmie Johnson

Two-and-a-half weeks after Donovan McNabb said Jimmie Johnson was not an athlete, the six-time champion says he might get the former NFL quarterback in a car next year. They talked on the phone Monday. (Photo: Getty Images)


LAS VEGAS - Jimmie Johnson is giving Donovan McNabb the chance to change his mind.

Two-and-a-half weeks after McNabb said on "FOX Sports Live" that Johnson was not an athlete, Johnson said they’ve talked and he might get McNabb in a car next year.  Johnson and McNabb, a former NFL quarterback, talked on the phone Monday.

"He’d been trying to track me down," Johnson told Motor Racing Network on Tuesday after an appearance at the annual NASCAR Motorsports Marketing Forum.  "I saw a phone number calling and I wasn’t going to answer it because I didn’t know who it was from."

It was McNabb.

"I met Donovan a few years ago at a Super Bowl event.  He's a super-nice guy," Johnson said.  "He has an opinion, and he seemed open to the notion of following through on the opinion and what our sport is about.  We joked about it.  Hopefully, we can get something set up in the spring and get him in a car."

McNabb upset many NASCAR fans and some competitors when he said Johnson was not an athlete.

The comment came after McNabb and others were asked to rank some of sport’s most dominant athletes.  Johnson, who won his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup championship this season, was among the candidates.

"Do I think he’s an athlete?" McNabb said on the show.  "Absolutely not."

Questioned about that comment by host Charissa Thompson, McNabb responded: "He’s not (an athlete).  He sits in a car and drives.  That’s not athletic."

Johnson said he was excited in how NASCAR fans responded.

"What made it big was the people backing myself and backing the drivers," Johnson said.  "That’s awesome to see our fans stand up and fight for our sport.  I take a lot of pride in this topic and discussion."

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