Former SU quarterback Donovan McNabb to retire as an Eagle
Mon, 29 Jul 2013 15:07:39 GMT —
Six-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb will officially retire as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday.
McNabb's No. 5 will be retired by the Eagles, becoming the ninth player in franchise history to receive that honor. He will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame and have his jersey retired on Sept. 19 when the Eagles play the Kansas City Chiefs.
McNabb was a starting at quarterback at Syracuse University from 1995-1998. He was named Big East Offensive Player of the Year three years in a row, a conference-record, among other honors.
McNabb 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 36-year-old McNabb formally announced his retirement Monday, though he hasn't played in the NFL since 2011. He was traded to Washington in 2010, started 13 games for the Redskins that season and six for Minnesota the following year.
McNabb is the Eagles' leader in may passing categories, including attempts (4,746), completions (2,801), yards (32,873), and touchdowns (216). He led the team to 100 wins, including nine in the playoffs. His 3,469 career yards rushing ranks sixth on the NFL's all-time list.
Former Eagles coach Andy Reid, who drafted McNabb with the No. 2 overall pick in 1999, now coaches the Chiefs. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie praised McNabb's toughness and "impeccable character."
An emotional McNabb thanked the organization, former teammates and fans during a ceremony at the team's practice facility.