Donovan McNabb says he'll retire an Eagle in September

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Donovan McNabb says he'll retire an Eagle in September
May 13, 2013, 10:30 pm
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According to Donovan McNabb, he will retire as an Eagle.

On ESPN 97.7 radio, via ESPNCNY.com, McNabb said on Monday afternoon, "I will retire as an Eagle and I look forward to that opportunity and that day."

McNabb told Comcast SportsNet's Derrick Gunn that he and the Eagles will hold a ceremony during a September game, but McNabb has not decided which game.

The Eagles play two home games in September, one against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, Sept. 15. The other matchup would appear to be the more obvious choice with the Eagles hosting former head coach Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, Sept. 19.

After his lone season with the Minnesota Vikings, the former Eagle in 2012 spent his first season out of professional football as an analyst for the NFL Network and was a weekly guest on Comcast SportsNet.

The Eagles selected McNabb as the second overall pick in the 1999 draft and he played 11 seasons with the Birds en route to becoming the franchise's all-time leader in passing yards (32,873), touchdown passes (216) and games played at quarterback (148). McNabb also holds the Eagles' record for most passing yards in a season (3,916) and ranks second with the most touchdown passes in a season (31).

"I love going back to Philadelphia," McNabb said as a guest on ESPN 97.7 radio.

The Syracuse product led the Eagles to six NFC East crowns, five NFC Championship Game appearances and one Super Bowl appearance.

"I have nothing but love for the Philly fans, even the ones who were highly criticizing me or opinionated in any way," McNabb said. "I can't get upset at them because my job is to get out on the field and be productive. That's what quarterbacking is all about.

"The fans are appreciative, I'm appreciative of them."

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