Donovan McNabb Announces Decision to Retire with Eagles in September

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 14, 2013

Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb announced on his radio show Monday (h/t Philadelphia Daily News) that he will retire with the Philadelphia Eagles this September.

While this has not been confirmed by the Eagles organization, McNabb stated that the retirement ceremony will be on Sept. 19 before a nationally televised Thursday Night Football game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

New Chiefs head coach Andy Reid spent the bulk of his career in Philadelphia, and as the man that selected McNabb No. 2 overall in 1999, it’s fitting that he would be in attendance for the quarterback’s glorious retirement ceremony.

McNabb may have been booed the day Philadelphia drafted him out of Syracuse, and throughout most his career for that matter, but he always kept his composure and showed class from the very first day in Philadelphia through the trade to the Washington Redskins.

During his tenure in Philadelphia, McNabb compiled an impressive 92-49-1 record, set nearly every passing record on the Eagles' books (via PhiladelphiaEagles.com) and amassed 32,873 passing yards and 216 touchdowns.

When McNabb comes back to Philadelphia in September to retire, he should be showered with appreciation for his determination, dedication and accomplishments during his tenure with the Eagles.

There are serious debates about whether McNabb should be heralded as one of the all-time great quarterbacks after failing to win the Super Bowl in his only appearance, but with his skills, six division titles and five NFC Championship Game appearances, it is difficult to denounce his overall contributions and long-lasting impact on the NFL.

With Reid in the house and a national audience watching, McNabb will finally receive the proper send-off a player of his caliber deserves.

 

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