McNabb sent his former protégé a text message Monday and offered him some advice as the Eagles opened camp. He told him to take it one practice at a time and be patient. Easier said than done. Still, Kolb was grateful for the suggestion.
"I appreciate him reaching out and offering me good luck," Kolb said after looking sharp in his first training camp practice as the Eagles' starter. He did not have a pass hit the ground in team drills against the rookies and select veterans that are already at Lehigh.
"Not everyone is like that. But we've always had a good relationship."
McNabb, of course, is a division rival now. So Kolb has a plan. He's going to wish McNabb luck in 14 games a year.
"That's exactly what I'm going to tell him," Kolb said with his customary huge smile.
What Kolb did tell McNabb is that he was impressed by his basketball game. Kolb watched the Pros vs. Joes episode where Donovan and T.O. teamed up to beat a former NBA stars in a hoops exhibition. Impressed, yes. But not too much.
"I told him," Kolb said, 'I'm still better than you.'"