Donovan McNabb, who went to six Pro Bowls quarterbacking the Eagles, will formally retire as an Eagle on Monday, the team announced Sunday morning. McNabb, 36, went to the Pro Bowl in 2009 after going 10-4 in the regular season and taking the Eagles to the playoffs for the seventh time. But he was traded in April to the Redskins, where he won just five of 13 starts, and then he finished his career in 2011 in obscurity with the Vikings, going 1-5.
McNabb has not been in an NFL camp since he requested and was granted his release from the Vikings midway through the 2011 season, but he had left the door open to returning to football until now.
Despite being the greatest quarterback in franchise history, McNabb has alienated a lot of fans since he left Philadelphia by complaining frequently in interviews about the way he was treated during his years in Philadelphia -- even though he was actually treated fairly well -- and by showing a general lack of humility regarding his years with the Eagles.
From 2000 through 2009, McNabb had a 90-45-1 record with the Eagles, leading them to five NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl. He won nine playoff games for a team that’s only won 19 in its history.
McNabb is the franchise record holder in touchdown passes (216), passing yards (32,873), and his 3,469 career rushing yards are sixth-most in NFL history among quarterbacks. McNabb ranks 10th overall in franchise history in rushing yards, and his 5.7 rushing average is sixth-highest in NFL history among players with 500 or more carries.
McNabb finished his career with 37,276 passing yards, 17th-most in NFL history.
He’s one of just eight quarterbacks in NFL history to complete at least 59 percent of his passes while throwing for 35,000 or more yards. The others are Hall of Famers Dan Marino, Joe Montana and Jim Kelly and future Hall of Famers Tom Brady, Brett Favre, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and McNabb are both scheduled to speak at a Monday press conference at the NovaCare Complex.
- Reuben Frank, CSN Philly