During the press conference, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie announced that McNabb's jersey would be retired, per the team's official Twitter account:
That's a pretty big deal in Philadelphia, as Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer noted:
As you might expect, it was a packed room, with most of the current Eagles in attendance, per Eagles Insider:
Several important figures spoke before McNabb took the podium, including Lurie, team president Don Smolenski, general manager Howie Roseman and former teammates Brian Westbrook and Brian Dawkins.
Lurie noted two things of interest about drafting McNabb and the difficulty in eventually trading him, per Reuben Frank of CSN Philly:
How about that? While a handful of Eagles fans booed the selection of McNabb because they wanted Ricky Williams, the Eagles were considering Edgerrin James ahead of the Texas superstar. That's one last bit of humble pie for that small group of malcontents to eat after embarrassing themselves that day.
In his speech, Westbrook went so far as to compare himself and McNabb to Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, though as Pro Football Talk joked, it's unclear which player is Jordan in this analogy:
McNabb was very emotional when he came up to speak, per Tim McManus of 97.5 The Fanatic:
He made a point to thank his former teammates and coaches, as Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer and McManus note:
McNabb had this message for the fans, via Eagles Insider:
And Frank tweeted several of McNabb's most meaningful quotes as well his final thoughts from the former quarterback's speech:
McNabb's relationship with fans in Philadelphia was always somewhat bumpy, and it was on full display yesterday when McNabb and several other former players were introduced at Lincoln Financial Field for Alumni Day.
While most fans cheered, a few boos could be heard.
In 11 seasons with the Eagles, McNabb threw for 32,873 yards, 216 touchdowns and 100 interceptions. He made six Pro Bowls, helped the Eagles make the playoffs eight times and led them to the Super Bowl in the 2004 season.
He was a part of the organization's most successful run in its history, as under head coach Andy Reid the team reached four consecutive NFC Championship Games.