McNabb calls it a career; Eagles to retire No. 5
Philadelphia, PA – Donovan McNabb made it official on Monday and called it a career, doing so as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.
The six-time Pro Bowl quarterback will have his No. 5 retired by the Eagles on Sept. 19 during a game against the Kansas City Chiefs, who are now led by former Eagle head coach Andy Reid.
"(It's a) special day," said McNabb at a press conference on Monday. "I'm not one for emotion, but it's a tough one."
McNabb played his first 11 NFL seasons with the Eagles, then spent two tough years in Washington and Minnesota before sitting out the 2012 season.
The Eagles, under Reid's direction, selected the Syracuse product with the second overall pick of the 1999 draft. He led the Eagles to 91 wins in the regular season with nine playoff victories and holds nearly every team passing record, including 32,873 yards and 216 touchdown passes.
"Donovan McNabb was a franchise-changing quarterback for the Eagles and helped raise the bar of success for this franchise during his 11-year tenure with the team," said owner Jeffrey Lurie. "On the field, the numbers that Donovan posted during his time in an Eagles uniform speak for themselves. He is the franchise leader in nearly every major passing category and is the all-time winningest quarterback in Eagles history. His unique ability to make plays through the air and with his legs made him one of the most dynamic players this city has ever seen. Donovan was the face and the focal point of so many of our great Eagles teams and he helped make this franchise a contender each and every year that he was here.
"The number '5' has become synonymous with one of the greatest eras of Eagles football, 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 Eagles won five NFC East titles, made five appearances in the NFC Championship Game and reached Super Bowl XXXIX with McNabb directing the offense.
McNabb was traded to Washington before the 2010 season and played 13 games for the Redskins. He fell out of favor with Washington head coach Mike Shanahan and was benched late in the season, then was traded to Minnesota prior to the 2011 campaign and lasted only six games with the Vikings before being benched in October and released in December.
In 167 career games, McNabb completed 59 percent of his passes for 37,276 yards with 234 touchdowns and 117 interceptions. His 3,459 rushing yards rank sixth all-time among NFL quarterbacks.