The Philadelphia Eagles Will Retire Donovan McNabb’s No.5 Jersey

July 29, 2013 0
donovan-mcnabb-hall-of-fame The Philadelphia Eagles Will Retire Donovan McNabb's No.5 Jersey

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The Philadelphia Eagles will retire Donovan McNabb’s No. 5 at halftime of their Sept. 19 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, owner Jeffrey Lurie said Monday at the quarterback’s news conference where he announced he was retiring as a member of the team.

McNabb will become the ninth player to have his number retired by the franchise, joining Steve Van Buren (15), Brian Dawkins (20), Tom Brookshier (40), Pete Retzlaff (44), Chuck Bednarik (60), Al Wistert (70), Reggie White (92) and Jerome Brown (99). He also will be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame during the game against Kansas City, coached by Andy Reid, who was McNabb’s coach during his time with the Eagles.

“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,” Lurie said at the news conference, according to the team’s website.

McNabb, 36, 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.

McNabb is the Eagles’ leader in many 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.


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