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Eagles to retire McNabb's jersey

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The Philadelphia Eagles announced that former quarterback Donovan McNabb will have his No. 5 jersey retired in a ceremony Sept. 19 at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Eagles play in a nationally televised game against the Kansas City Chiefs that day.

McNabb, the No. 2 overall pick in the 1998 draft, was a six-time Pro Bowler and led the Eagles to a Super Bowl appearance and five NFC title games. He is the franchise's all-time leader in pass attempts (4,746), completions (2,801), yards (32,873) and touchdowns (216). He is also one of just four players in NFL history to amass 30,000 passing yards, 200 TD passes, 3,000 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns.

"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," team owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. "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."

In 2008, McNabb established single-season franchise records in passing yardage (3,916), completions (345) and attempts (571) while surpassing Ron Jaworski.

Entering this season, McNabb ranks among the NFL's top-25 quarterbacks all-time in wins (12th), career passing yardage (17th), career passing touchdowns (22nd), attempts (14th), completions (14th), passer rating (24th) and interception percentage (4th). He also set an NFL record in 2004 with 24 consecutive completions. He is one of just three players in NFL history with more than 35,000 passing yards and 3,000 rushing yards, along with Hall of Famers John Elway and Fran Tarkenton.

"As a general manager, you are always on the lookout for a player like Donovan," general manager Howie Roseman said in a statement. "He was a guy who poured everything he had into becoming the best player that he could possibly be. You could count on Donovan to bring it, day-in and day-out, no matter what the circumstances were."

McNabb also played for the Washington Redskins (2010) and Minnesota Vikings (2011).
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