"Early in my career in college, I felt like people looked at me differently and expected a lot more," said Campbell, the Redskins' starter since November, according to The Washington Times. "I felt I had to do a little extra. At that point, I did feel that way. I don't feel that way now in the NFL."
Less than 10 months since having surgery for a torn knee ligament, McNabb wasn't sharp in Philadelphia's first two games. He's completed just 54.4 percent of his passes for 424 yards, one touchdown and one interception. His passer rating of 68.8 is 24th in the league. And he's not scrambling like he used to because of the injury.
McNabb misfired badly on some throws against the Redskins, though he played better in the fourth quarter. Fans booed him during the game and some are even calling for rookie Kevin Kolb to be the starter.
The interview on HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" took place in August, but was broadcast Tuesday night.
"If a question is asked, I'm going to answer it," McNabb said. "I didn't bring it up. The interview wasn't about black-white issues, it was about my life. I didn't do the interview 30 minutes after the game. The tease everybody has seen, they blew it way out of proportion."
Eagles coach Andy Reid said McNabb's comments aren't a distraction for an 0-2 team that entered the season with high expectations.
"I don't think anybody's worried about that," Reid said. "They're worried about playing the game. That's where our focus is."
Several teammates declined to discuss the matter, though All-Pro safety Brian Dawkins supported McNabb's comment.
"On a whole, that's a fair assessment," Dawkins said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.