Donovan McNabb to Retire as a Philadelphia Eagle

Well, Big 5 is finally admitting to something that many of us knew the moment Andy Reid traded him to the Washington Redskins after the 2010 season. His career is over.

On NBC Sports Radio on Monday, the former number-two overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft—the man who’s first memories of the NFL and the Eagles will forever include being serenaded with boos—said that it’s in the works for him to go out wearing Midnight Green. Though nothing is official as of yet, McNabb said that the team has suggested a date of September 19th, during their Week 3 home game against the Kansas City Chiefs—fittingly the same day Reid will return to the City of Brotherly Love.

Despite the tumultuous start to his career before ever taking a snap, McNabb told the Syracuse Post-Standard that he has nothing but love for the people of Philadelphia.

“There was never any animosity from the Philly fans,” he said. “The handful of fans that are the ones that are kind of being seen, they’re not a high percentage of fans who truly appreciate what you were able to do while you were there. I have nothing but love for the Philly fans, even the ones who were highly criticizing me or opinionated in any way. I can’t get upset at them because my job is to get out on the field and be productive. That’s what quarterbacking is all about.”

McNabb went 92-49-1 (yes, there are ties in football) as a starter for the Eagles, and he will go down as the franchise leader in passing yards (32,873), touchdown passes (216), completions (2801), and attempts (4746). He also was at the helm of what was arguably the best Eagles team in history with six NFC East division titles, a stretch of four straight NFC Championship game appearances, five in all, and an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIX.

He’ll tell you that he absolutely believes he deserves to be enshrined in Canton, an idea that isn’t as far fetched as it sounds when you look at the numbers. Well except for those last two seasons…

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