Donovan McNabb will officially retire as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, the veteran free agent quarterback said during an appearance on NBC Sports Radio, reports Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News.
According to McNabb, who spent the 2012 season out of football and now works as an analyst for the NFL Network and NBC Sports Radio, the team has suggested a ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 19 as the Eagles host former head coach Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs in a nationally-televised game on the NFL Network.
McNabb spent the first 11 seasons of his 13-year career with the Eagles, who selected the former Syracuse standout with the No. 2 overall pick in the 1999 NFL draft. McNabb passed for 32,873 yards with 216 touchdowns and 100 interceptions in 148 regular season games for the Eagles, led the team to five appearances in the NFC championship game, one Super Bowl and earned six trips to the Pro Bowl. McNabb is the Eagles' all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns and ranks among the top ten in franchise history in both rushing yards (3,249) and rushing touchdowns (28).
In 2010, McNabb was traded to the Washington Redskins, where he passed for 3,377 yards in 13 games, but had more interceptions (15) than touchdowns (14). Following the 2011 lockout, McNabb was traded once again, this time to the Minnesota Vikings. McNabb's stint in Minnesota lasted just six games before he was replaced in the starting lineup by 2011 first-round pick Christian Ponder. Not content to be a backup, McNabb asked for and received his release from the team on Dec. 1, 2011 with the hope that he would catch on with a team like the Chicago Bears, Houston Texans or Kansas City Chiefs, each of whom had lost their starting quarterback to injury.
None of those teams signed McNabb, who officially remains a free agent.
McNabb suggested last year that he's a Hall of Famer, but his retirement becoming officially is unlikely to have the folks in Canton, Ohio starting a clock for his induction. McNabb's career will officially end with him passing for 37,276 yards, an impressive total that ranks 17th in NFL history. McNabb ranks 22nd in NFL history with 234 passing touchdowns, which has him sandwiched below Hall of Famers Y.A. Tittle (242), Len Dawson (239), Jim Kelly (237), George Blanda (236), but ahead of Hall of Famers Steve Young (232) and Terry Bradshaw (212). As much as "quarterback wins" has become an antiquated statistic, the multiple Lombardi Trophies that Young (three) and Bradshaw (four) helped their team win separates them from McNabb, who was intercepted three times in his lone Super Bowl appearance, a 24-21 loss to the New England Patriots.
McNabb had an outstanding career, and his number should be retired by the Eagles, but we doubt we'll ever see McNabb enshrined in Canton.
We all know #23 and what he has brought to the field, but he was let go and brought back this offseason. With talented, young guys behind him, he will have to earn his roster spot and prove he is still the playmaker he once was.
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