The Philadelphia Eagles honored one of their top quarterbacks in franchise history during halftime of Thursday night's game against the Kansas City Chiefs, retiring Donovan McNabb's No. 5 jersey on the night his long-time coach, Andy Reid made his return to the City of Brotherly Love.
Former teammate Brian Dawkins had only positive things to say about McNabb on his special night, thanking the quarterback for his efforts per the Eagles' official Twitter account:
McNabb, 36, played 11 seasons in Philadelphia from 1999 to 2009, appearing in more than 140 regular-season games and leading the Eagles to a Super Bowl berth in 2004.
Following brief stints in Washington and Minnesota, McNabb retired as an Eagle this past summer, where
team owner Jeffrey Lurie originally announced plans for the halftime ceremony. Per Philly.com's Justin Klugh:
Donovan McNabb was a franchise-changing quarterback for the Eagles and helped raise the bar of success for this franchise during his 11-year tenure with the team. On the field, the numbers that Donovan posted during his time in an Eagles uniform speak for themselves. He is the franchise leader in nearly every major passing category and is the all-time winningest quarterback in Eagles history. His unique ability to make plays through the air and with his legs made him one of the most dynamic players this city has ever seen. Donovan was the face and the focal point of so many of our great Eagles teams and he helped make this franchise a contender each and every year that he was here.
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.
However, it wasn't all good news for McNabb Thursday night. According to Busted Coverage's Joe Kinsey, some fans burned a McNabb jersey prior to the game:
The sign propped aginst the gas can says “McNabb Retirement Ceremony.” Leave it to Eagles fans to have their very own special Donovan McNabb jersey retirement party before tonight’s game when the Eagles organization celebrated #5.
The former second overall pick led the Eagles to four consecutive NFC Championship Game appearances from 2001 to 2004, and five overall. He threw for nearly 33,000 yards, 216 touchdowns and only 100 interceptions during the regular season over that time.
In April 2010, the Eagles traded McNabb to the division-rival Washington Redskins for two draft picks. After a lackluster year with Washington, he was traded to the Minnesota Vikings before the start of the 2011 season.
A six-time Pro Bowler and former NFC Player of the Year in 2004, McNabb is currently an analyst for Fox Sports.
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