McNabb Set To Retire As Eagle
Six-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb officially retired today as a member of the team he starred for, the Philadelphia Eagles.
The team leader in many passing categories played 11 of his 13 seasons with the Eagles, leading them to eight playoff appearances, five NFC East titles, five conference championship games and one Super Bowl loss.
The Eagles will officially retire McNabb’s #5 on Thursday, September 19 when former head coach Andy Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs come to Philadelphia.He will also be inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame.
“The number ‘5’ has become synonymous with one of the greatest eras of Eagles football,” said Eagles Chairman and CEO Bob Lurie at a press conference. “And ensuring that no one else will ever wear Donovan’s number, we honor one of the greatest playmakers to ever wear an Eagles uniform.”
The 36-year-old hasn’t played in the NFL since 2011. He was traded to Washington in 2010 and started 13 games for the Redskins that season and six for Minnesota the following year.
During a press conference at the Eagles complex in Philadelphia, McNabb became emotional as former teammates Brian Westbrook and Brian Dawkins read testimonials. He also thanked Reid for “11 great years. We’ll be forever linked together, but that’s one nbthe things I can honestly say I love it. We made history big fella,” said McNabb according to KYW TV.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.