The Philadelphia Eagles will be playing the Kansas City Chiefs tonight and Eagles fans will see their former head coach standing on the opposing teams sideline in his first visit to Lincoln Financial Field since being fired by the Eagles earlier this year. The return of former Eagles head coach Andy Reid also marks the return of another familiar face, former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.
At the end of July, McNabb signed a one-day contract with the Eagles and officially retired from the NFL with the team he spent most of his career with. The team had announced shortly after McNabb's retirement that his No. 5 will be retired when the Kansas City Chiefs and Andy Reid, who mentored McNabb, are in town.
The retirement of McNabb's No. 5 will be just the ninth number retired by the Eagles. The most recent number retired was Brian Dawkins' No. 20 and that came last season. The remaining numbers belong to Al Wistert (70), Chuck Bednarik (60, Jerome Brown (99), Pete Retzlaff (44), Reggie White (92), Steve Van Buren (15) and Tom Brookshier (40).
McNabb was drafted by the Eagles in 1999 and became the starting quarterback in 2000. He played with the Eagles through the 2009 season and set multiple franchise records. His tenure in Philadelphia came to a rocky ending and he ended up being traded to the Washington Redskins prior to the start of the 2010 season. McNabb joined the Minnesota Vikings in 2011. McNabb only played in six games for the Vikings and those ended up being his last.
McNabb finished his career with 263 touchdowns (234 passing, 29 rushing), 37,276 passing yards, 3,249 rushing yards and a 59 percent completion rating.
A six-time Pro Bowler, McNabb has the most wins of any Eagles player, most passing attempts, most completions, and the most passing yards of any Eagles quarterback. He had 101 wins (regular season and postseason) as an Eagle, 4,746 passing attempts, 2,801 completions and 32,873 passing yards. He had completion percentage of 59 percent and 216 passing touchdowns.
Many fans will point out the bad parts of McNabb's tenure in Philly even though he was one of the better quarterbacks in Eagles history. There will likely be some "boos" coming from the stands, but there will also be cheers coming from the stands as well. Tonight, let's remember the good times of the McNabb/Reid era. Relive the good moments in this video:
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