McNabb was in winning form on the eve of her son's game against the Bears Oct. 3, serving up a feast in their hometown of Chicago to 53 Eagles players and coaches. Tables at the team's down-town hotel were laden with Donovan's favorite red beans and rice ("not too spicy," she says), macaroni with three cheeses and her fried chicken—"finger-lickin' good," says Donovan. (His father, Sam, 53, a retired electrical engineer, carried in the heaping platters from the car.) "I like to make sure the offensive line eats and eats well," says McNabb. "I worry about their health." She also frets about the well-being of her 6'2", 240-lb. offspring, even though he has been married since last year to his college sweetheart, the former Raquel-Ann Nurse, who gave birth to their first child, Alexis, on Sept. 23.
Donovan admits that he's gotten plenty of teasing about their relationship—after the early Campbell's ads, "I'm going to get you, chunky boy" was a favorite diss—but takes it in stride. "It was always good to come in from practice and smell whatever she was cooking," he remembers. "It still gives me a special feeling."