Donovan McNabb's No. 5 to be retired
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 in which 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.
"To be mentioned with the likes of Reggie White, Jerome Brown, Chuck Bednarik, Tommy McDonald, Brian Dawkins and all the other players who have paved the way for me, for my former teammates and for the current players, it's truly an honor," McNabb said.
"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.
McNabb tweeted before his retirement news conference at the Eagles' facilities began Monday.
Officially retiring as a Philadelphia Eagle today. Unbelievable feeling. Dreams do come true.— Donovan McNabb (@donovanjmcnabb) July 29, 2013
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.
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But he failed to lead the team to its first NFL championship since 1960, and some hold that against him.
"I apologized to the fans because that was my goal. I feel like I let them down," McNabb said.
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.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.