Donovan McNabb: Number retirement 'really not my call'

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Donovan McNabb: Number retirement 'really not my call'

May 16, 2013, 1:30 pm
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Controversy seems to continually surround Donovan McNabb even when there is nothing really going on.

McNabb joined 97.5 The Fanatic's Harry Mayes and Brian Baldinger on Thursday to discuss his upcoming retirement and dispel rumors that a ceremony had been set for the Eagles' Week 3 matchup against Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs.

“I never put out the fact that it was going to be the Kansas City game," McNabb said. "I don’t know where that came out. I said that that I will be retiring as a Philadelphia Eagle and that they will be retiring my number at Syracuse.  Everybody kind of speculated the whole Kansas City game.

“We haven’t chosen the date yet. The ceremony is something that we’ve been communicating back and forth. I want [the retirement ceremony] to be something that is special. Not only for me but for the fans. We’re discussing some different things that we want to get done, that I would like to see get done. Everything right now is in the works, nothing is written in stone. It was just one step of acknowledging that I wanted to retire as a Philadelphia Eagle. As things continue to break down for the particular event I’ll let everyone know exactly what is going on.”

Since he's been out of the league, discussions surrounding McNabb have mainly focused on whether the quarterback deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame and whether he should have his No. 5 retired by the Eagles.

When asked, McNabb once again asserted his belief that he does belong in the hall but declined to answer whether his number should be retired.

"You don’t play to say ‘I’m going to be a Hall of Famer, I’m gonna be this, I’m gonna be that.’ You play the game to make your mark, to build your legacy and how you wanted to be remembered," he said. "Stepping away from the game I think I made a good mark.

“If you ask me and I had all the votes to put me in I would say yes.”

As for the fate of his No. 5: “That’s really not my call," he said. "I would love for that to happen but if they don’t I won’t be upset about it. And with fan reaction I just hope that they just appreciate everything that we were able to accomplish as a team over a decade.”

For more on a potential number retirement for McNabb, check out Andrew Kulp's take on The700Level.

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