After having his jersey retired by the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this year, Donovan McNabb saw another of his jerseys retired. This time, it was his Syracuse Orange jersey with the same #5 he wore throughout his playing career. McNabb was honored with the jersey retirement ceremony during halftime of the Syracuse/Wake Forest game Saturday.
During his career at Syracuse between 1995 and 1998, McNabb won three Big East Offensive Player of the Year awards (96, 97, 98), Big East Rookie of the Year in 1995, and finished 5th in the Heisman Trophy race for 1998. He holds records at Syracuse for most total yards per game (221.1), passing efficiency (155.1), and yards per attempt (9.1). He is also a member of the Syracuse All-Century team.
In the Big East Conference, he holds records for the most touchdown passes (77) and total offensive plays (1,403).
â??The most exciting part for me is coming out and seeing Syracuse football, seeing all that blue and orange across the field, and being here with my former teammatesâ?? McNabb said.
McNabb also was honored to have his jersey retired next to legendary Syracuse quarterback and close friend Don McPherson.
â??It means a lot,â?? McNabb said, â??Don is a great guy. I talk to him a lot. For what we were able to do here at Syracuse, it keeps the tradition alive.â??
After playing for Syracuse, McNabb went on to have a 12 year NFL career, spending 10 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and single seasons with both the Washington Redskins and the Minnesota Vikings. During his NFL career, McNabb played in 6 Pro-Bowl and lead the Eagles to Super Bowl XXIX in 2004 after wining the National Football Conference Championship. That same year, he was voted National Football Conference Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year.