Eagles Honor Donovan McNabb [POLL]
Tonight marks the end of an era for the Philadelphia Eagles as the team retires Donovan McNabb’s number #5 as he is inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame.
Former teammate and fellow HOF member Brian Dawkins will host the half-time ceremony which will include former Eagles Chad Lewis, Congressman Jon Runyan, Jamaal Jackson, Rod Hood, Ike Reese, Barry Gardner, Tra Thomas, Duce Staley and Reggie Brown.
Dawkins’ #20 was retired last season as he was inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame.
Tonight was selected for a reason: the Eagles are hosting the Kansas City Chiefs who are now led by their former coach Andy Reid, who drafted McNabb for the team in 1999.
Ironically, McNabb still has an opinion about the current team and new coach Chip Kelly’s fast offense and slow defense. “I don’t know if any offensive player would want to run 90 plays in a game,” he told CSNPhilly.com. “If you’re running 90 plays in a game, that means your defense is pretty awful and you’re running entirely too many plays. At Oregon, [Kelly] may have ran 75 plays in a game, but you’re not going to run 85, 90, not in the NFL, and teams and defensive coordinators are a lot better than what you’re going to see in college.”
McNabb, who holds nearly every significant Eagles passing record, retired as an Eagle in July when the Eagles announced tonight’s ceremony. “The number ‘5’ has become synonymous with one of the greatest eras of Eagles football,” said Eagles Chairman and CEO Bob Lurie at the July press conference. “And (by) ensuring that no one else will ever wear Donovan’s number, we honor one of the greatest playmakers to ever wear an Eagles uniform.”
“I gave everything I had when I stepped out on that field, I never complained,” said McNabb on the Eagles website. “When you see 5, you knew 5 was going to give you what he’s got.”