HARRISBURG -- He is no Donovan McNabb. But some people think he is.
Harrisburg Stampede center Anthony Amoo claims he is often mistaken for the former All-Pro quarterback.
It all started a few years ago in a Houston airport as Amoo was flying to Philadelphia. "One of the security guys stopped me, he said "Donovan, Donovan,'" recalled Amoo, who is originally from Houston and now lives outside Philadelphia. "I was like, 'He must be talking to me.'
"From there, I've been getting it ever since."
Amoo and the Harrisburg Stampede, owned by New Orleans Saints wide receiver and Susquehanna Township grad Marques Colston, play their first game of the season on Saturday at 5 p.m. against the Washington Eagles at the PA Farm Show.
Is Amoo, a former walk-on at the University of Houston, really a carbon copy of McNabb? He doesn't see it. "Must be the hairline," he joked.
His Stampede teammates, who were first made aware of the McNabb connection by CBS 21 Sports Director Jason Bristol, don't see the resemblance, either. "He looks like a big little brother (of McNabb's)," said one lineman.
With Harrisburg, Amoo just needs to be himself, however. "Just be a center," said head coach Bernie Nowotarski of Amoo's role. "There's not a whole lot of thought to it.
"Snap the ball and block."
Whether Amoo looks like Donovan McNabb is really up for you to decide.
He doesn't try to copy anyone.
He just tries to be ready to play.
"Everything's been on pace; as Coach wanted it," said Amoo of the team's mindset before its first game.
"Bam. Boom. Bam. Its been great."