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Donovan McNabb will formally retire as an Eagle on Monday

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He last played for the Vikings and spent a brief and unhappy spell with the Redskins, but quarterback Donovan McNabb is going to formally exit the NFL as a member of the team he quarterbacked for the majority of his career.

The Eagles announced Sunday that McNabb will announce his retirement at a press conference on Monday morning at the team’s headquarters. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie will join McNabb at the podium for the announcement.

McNabb hasn’t played a game since 2011 and the team is already planning to honor him at halftime of their September 19 game, so this is even more of a formality than the usual return of an old player to retire as a “member” of the team. McNabb said recently that he’s not worried about getting booed by Eagles fans upset at some of McNabb’s comments about playing in Philadelphia since he left the team, something that won’t be a concern at Monday’s press event.

That should mean it will focus on McNabb’s place at the top of the Eagles’ all-time passing yards, completions and touchdowns list as well as his nine playoff wins as an Eagle quarterback. That last total doesn’t include a Super Bowl win, but it is just one less than the combined playoff win total of every other Eagles quarterback.

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34 Responses to “Donovan McNabb will formally retire as an Eagle on Monday”
  1. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 28, 2013 10:27 AM

    Lol I think most eagles fans thought he “retired” about 2 or 3 years before the Eagles finally got rid of him

  2. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jul 28, 2013 10:32 AM

    McNabb has thrown out a lot of petty, seeming envious and even spiteful comments.

    He may get a favorable response, but his ever-growing list of comments of late probably won’t help things.

  3. greymares says: Jul 28, 2013 10:35 AM

    Welcome back Donovan, I enjoyed your play and I don’t blame you for the Eagles not winning a super bowl(that was a team effort). Good luck on your analyst career your football knowledge will be as good as all the other ex players. but please do not mention the Eagle fans or that loser Cataldi ever again you will be better off for it.

  4. bobonmycob says: Jul 28, 2013 10:40 AM

    Won’t be hard for Matt Barkley to top those stats

  5. lennydpocketqb says: Jul 28, 2013 10:46 AM

    They should let him take some first team snaps on Monday.

  6. wtfchiefs says: Jul 28, 2013 10:51 AM

    Philly is totally gonna boo him, no doubt about it

  7. lks311 says: Jul 28, 2013 10:59 AM

    Can he retire his fledgling TV career at the same time?

  8. spellingcops says: Jul 28, 2013 11:00 AM

    Good. Now if only he’d just go away.

  9. kbellson says: Jul 28, 2013 11:03 AM

    Donovan, totally enjoyed your career including at SU!

  10. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Jul 28, 2013 11:04 AM

    Can he formally retire from the NFL Network, too?

  11. 13arod says: Jul 28, 2013 11:04 AM

    Can he still play he is way better then there quarterbacks on the roster

  12. ebr362 says: Jul 28, 2013 11:21 AM

    Hopefully his mouth goes into retirement with him…..

  13. razorbyrd says: Jul 28, 2013 11:23 AM

    He was my favorite player in college, drafted by my favorite NFL team, and brought them to the brink of a Championship… everybody gets aggravated with players from time to time, even Westbrook got booed, but all in all, I love that McNabb was an Eagle!!!

    He got traded to a division rival, which is a slap in the face for ANY player, so I can understand some of his bitterness… I’m glad he’s retiring as an Eagle, and proud that I own an autographed jersey of his…

  14. catfish252 says: Jul 28, 2013 11:33 AM

    Good Luck Donovan

  15. espfdps says: Jul 28, 2013 11:35 AM

    Throughout Mcnaabs career I have always defended and supported him. Now he just sounds like an angry bitter old man.

  16. philyeagles5 says: Jul 28, 2013 11:51 AM

    My favorite QB of all time. served our Eagles well.

  17. filthymcnasty1 says: Jul 28, 2013 11:55 AM

    As a Packer fan, my favorite memories of McNabb will be from his glorious reign as the Viking QB. Priceless.

  18. nomoreseasontix says: Jul 28, 2013 11:56 AM

    Who knew he wasn’t already retired??

  19. wolfman55h says: Jul 28, 2013 12:27 PM

    I know Philly fans will disagree but I kind of feel sorry for mcnabb. He never seemed to be accepted there and then was just tossed to the street like garbage. It’s also sad now to see him come out with these occasional comments that reek of bitterness. Good example of not all high profile careers end well.

  20. nflpoker says: Jul 28, 2013 12:58 PM

    There is a good chance he will be booed. They booed Santa Clause didn’t they? And let’s not forget the little kid they made cry after he won a punt, pass, and kick competition because he represented a team that is a division rival. Great fans. NOT. NOT. NOT.

  21. ninerfan81 says: Jul 28, 2013 1:00 PM

    Keep it classy D Mac

  22. blackqbwhiterb says: Jul 28, 2013 1:03 PM

    Buh-bye!!!! Had some great moments, no doubt about it, but they ended long before his career did… Burned my Redskins, I’ll admit it… Never cared much for his personality though…

  23. mhalt99 says: Jul 28, 2013 1:07 PM

    Thank you for everything Donovan. It was an honor having you play for us.

  24. pftstory says: Jul 28, 2013 1:36 PM

    If you go hunting for a new team and are told no one wants you, then embark on a new career, isn’t it a little late to announce a retirement?
    Isn’t retirement something you choose?

    He is really announcing that he is accepting reality.

  25. bmoreravens1012013 says: Jul 28, 2013 1:40 PM

    Great,… when will he retire as an analyst, because he is absolutely horrible.

  26. riverace19 says: Jul 28, 2013 1:59 PM

    McHomey left a weird trail during his career as a player and as a speaker of dumbass comments.

  27. rockhill32 says: Jul 28, 2013 2:20 PM

    Good luck the rest of the way Donavan. You played many games that were enjoyable to watch for all NFL fans.

  28. thegonz13 says: Jul 28, 2013 2:32 PM

    If he retires, would asking him to shut up forever be too much to hope for?

  29. 1historian says: Jul 28, 2013 2:34 PM

    A goodly portion of the Eagles fans will certainly boo McNabb when he retires because – they are eagles fans and that’s what they do.

  30. gallaghedj311 says: Jul 28, 2013 2:35 PM

    As a packer hater, my favorite memory is 4th and 26.

  31. ordinaryday6 says: Jul 28, 2013 5:36 PM

    I was at eagles training camp today, and he received a huge ovation, so he needs to shut his mouth. most eagle fans appreciate what he’s done, but no longer appreciate what he’s saying.

  32. bleedeaglegreen says: Jul 28, 2013 6:24 PM

    “McNabb has thrown out a lot of petty, seeming envious and even spiteful comments.”

    It never ceases to amaze the irony in people’s comments. Donovan only lead this team to its most successful period on the franchises modern history. He put his body on the line every week with much less talent at receiver then most QBs leading teams to Championship games ever have. McNabb (besides TO) didn’t have pro-bowl talent around him. He’s always been a citizen, never suspended or in any trouble. But he’s been a victim of back-biting & sniping from my fellow Eagle fans long before he ever went on TV. Eagle fans have been treating Donovan shabbily for a long time. He’s even had another fellow Philly fan & local athlete question his “blackness”. He really is one of the most under-appreciated athletes in his home city in NFL history.

    Kelly & Levy are LOVED in Buffalo, Bud Grant & Tarkenton as well in Minnesota. Those fans certainly do not treat the players involved in the most successful runs in their franchises history as some of my fellow fans harshly treat Reid & McNabb. Thank you Donovan for all you brought to the great city of Philadelphia. Looking at our QB play since 2010, it’s painfully obvious what you brought to us in your years of service to the Eagles. j

  33. gabe77 says: Jul 28, 2013 8:31 PM

    Retire an Eagle, that’s appropriate. Don’t retire his number though, he doesn’t belong in that conversation. Same goes for the HOF.

  34. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 28, 2013 8:54 PM

    McNabb is a whiny passive aggressive person. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a quarterback argue and whine like a child about how ” He was the most criticized an unappreciated QB EVER”. Even if you were a real leader would never cry about it or argue w anyone who will listen that he was. For starters Ryan Howard is in Philly and takes more abuse from fans than Mcnabb ever did and handles it outwardly much better even if inside its killing him.
    HE went to all the NFC championships.
    HE got to a Super Bowl. All the losses never on HIM. Go play air banjo and shut it. Got a standing O Today and I’m sure all he heard was the 3 people booing.

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