The Philadelphia Eagles will retire the number of long-time quarterback Donavan McNabb.
“Donovan McNabb is a Philadelphia Eagles legend,” says team owner Jeff Lurie. “Donavan was somebody that a lot of us worked with for thousands of days–an all-time great person. Someone who treated everyone in the building exactly the same and I can’t tell you how important that is for a sports franchise.”
Former teammate Brian Dawkins says he remembers how things were before McNabb helped turn the team around.
“I remember the time. I remember what those feelings felt like before ‘5’ got here and when he got here how quickly this thing went on the upswing.”
McNabb, who later in his career played for several other NFL teams, says he’s happy to retire as an Eagle.
“It’s truly an honor, not only to be the first pick of the draft in 1999 but to be a starter for 11 years.”
McNabb’s number, 5, will be retired on September 19th during halftime of the Eagles game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the team now coached by former Eagles head coach Andy Reid.