Philadelphia Eagles’ legend Donovan McNabb has officially announced his retirement from NFL action – along with his number 5 jersey.
McNabb, 36, will become only the eighth player to retire his number in the history of the Eagles.
“It’s a special day, I’m not one for emotion, but it’s a tough one’, said McNabb.
The six-time Pro Bowl Quarterback will have a retirement ceremony on September 19th during the game with Kansas City Chiefs.
The club’s owner Jeffery Lurie made the announcement on Monday.
Lurie said: “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 honour one of the greatest playmakers to ever wear an Eagles uniform.”
McNabb played his first 11 NFL seasons with the Eagles before spending two years in Washington and Minnesota before sitting out the 2012 season.
In 167 career games, McNabb completed 59 percent of his passes for 37,276 yards with 234 touchdowns and 117 interceptions. His 3,459 rushing yards rank sixth all-time among NFL quarterbacks.
The other seven players to have their number retired by the Eagles: Steve Van Buren, Brian Dawkins, Jerome Brown, Reggie White, Al Wistert, Pete Retzlaff and Tom Brookshire.
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