Eagles to retire Donovan McNabb's No. 5

Donovan McNabb spent 11 years in Philadelphia. (USATSI)
The final two years of Donovan McNabb's NFL career -- which consisted of stops in Washington and Minnesota -- might best be described as forgettable, but in the previous 11 with the Eagles, he was one of the league's best quarterbacks. On Monday, McNabb officially retired.

Whether that career was Hall of Fame-worthy is up for debate (McNabb "absolutely" believes he's Canton material), but the Eagles think enough of McNab's contributions over the years to retire his number in a ceremony at Lincoln Field on Sept. 19.

“Donovan McNabb was a franchise-changing quarterback for the Eagles and helped raise the bar of success for this franchise during his 11-year tenure with the team,” owner Jeffrey Lurie said Monday, according to the team's website. “On the field, the numbers that Donovan posted during his time in an Eagles uniform speak for themselves. He is the franchise leader in nearly every major passing category and is the all-time winningest quarterback in Eagles history. His unique ability to make plays through the air and with his legs made him one of the most dynamic players this city has ever seen. Donovan was the face and the focal point of so many of our great Eagles teams and he helped make this franchise a contender each and every year that he was here.

“The number ‘5’ has become synonymous with one of the greatest eras of Eagles football,” Lurie continued. “And ensuring that no one else will ever wear Donovan’s number, we honor one of the greatest playmakers to ever wear an Eagles uniform.”

From 1999-2009, McNabb started 142 games for the Eagles, completing 59 percent of his passes for 32,873 yards, including 216 touchdowns and 100 interceptions. He led the team to four consecutive NFC East titles, five NFC Championship games, and Super Bowl XXXIX, where the Eagles lost to the Patriots. He also was a six-time Pro Bowler, and 2004 NFC Player of the Year.

McNabb now serves as an analyst for NFL Network where spends much of his time weighing in on the next crop of franchise quarterbacks. And let's just say he's taking his job seriously.

On Matthew Stafford's new deal: "What has he really done for the Detroit Lions? Nothing."

On Tony Romo's new deal: "Wow really, with one playoff win. You got to be kidding me."

On Robert Griffin III's offseason: “It's too much right now; it's just too much.”

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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