One of the most polarizing figures in the history of Philadelphia sports will officially call it a career in less than 24 hours. Former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb will sign a one-day contract with the team on Monday and will announce his retirement at a special press conference at the NovaCare complex. McNabb will address the media at 10 a.m. and will be joined Eagles' owner Jeffrey Lurie.
McNabb was taken by the Eagles with the second overall pick in the 1999 draft. A star on the field, McNabb went to six Pro Bowls and helped lead the Eagles to five NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl. In his 11 seasons with the Eagles, the Syracuse alum set several franchise records including most games started by a quarterback, most career wins and most career completions. He was also the first quarterback to ever throw for 30-plus touchdowns and have less than 10 interceptions in a season.
The Chicago native was traded to the rival Washington Redskins in 2010. He lasted just one year in D.C. and was then traded to the Vikings. In 2011, McNabb lasted just a handful of games in Minnesota before being released. He hasn't played a snap ever since.
McNabb's retirement press conference is a formality and a nice gesture by both the player and the Eagles' organization. At times McNabb has rubbed both the fanbase and media the wrong way, so it's nice to see the team have his back and appreciate his accomplishments. The 13-year veteran is statistically the Eagles' greatest quarterback ever.
This will be a great few months for McNabb. In fact, the retirement press conference is just the start of his career celebrations. In Week 3, McNabb will have a special celebration at halftime of the Eagles' home game against the Chiefs on September 19th during Thursday Night Football. Then on October 5th, McNabb will have his jersey number retired by Syracuse University.