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Donovan McNabb to retire this fall as an Eagle

By Evan Hilbert |

Donovan McNabb announced his plans Monday to retire an Eagle. (USATSI)

Donovan McNabb didn't have the most graceful exit from Philadelphia, but the six-time Pro Bowl quarterback announced Monday that he would retire as an Eagle this September.

"I will retire as an Eagle and I look forward to that opportunity and that day," McNabb told ESPN Radio in Syracuse.

McNabb later indicated that the Eagles requested he make the announcement Sept. 19, when the team hosts McNabb's former coach, Andy Reid, and the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football.

The team has made no formal announcement at this time confirming those plans.

The franchise leader in completions (2801), passing yards (32,873), and passing touchdowns (216), McNabb led Philly to four NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl appearance.

He unceremoniously left Philadelphia prior to the 2010 season, when he was traded to the Redskins. McNabb was dealt to the Vikings a year later.

Still, McNabb contends there are no hard feelings.

"I have nothing but love for the Philly fans, even the ones who were highly criticizing me or opinionated in any way," McNabb told ESPN Radio. "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."

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