Regardless of the fact that within the last week Donovan McNabb gave a very outspoken interview on his time in Philly that rubbed many of us the wrong way, when push comes to shove, we all are thankful for the era of Eagles football that Donovan McNabb brought to Philadelphia. In eleven seasons in Philadelphia, McNabb led the Birds to five NFC Title game appearances and one Superbowl appearance. Today, the Eagles thanked McNabb for his time in Philadelphia by holding a presser to allow McNabb to formerly retire as a Philadelphia Eagle.
Eagles Owner Jefferey Lurie spoke at length on McNabb’s time in Philadelphia, after a clip of some of McNabb’s greatest moments of his Eagles career.
“One of the greatest players in the history of the Eagles and certainly the greatest quarterback in the history of the Eagles.”
In addition to presenting McNabb with a game football, Jeffery Lurie announced that McNabb’s number five will be the ninth number in Eagles history that will be retired.
Before McNabb spoke, former teammates Brian Dawkins and Brian Westbrook got a chance to reflect on McNabb’s accomplishments as an Eagle.
Dawkins gave his usual well-spoken , well thought out thoughts.
“I remember what it was like before 5 got here and how quickly after he got here things turned around.”
“People don’t understand what kind of leader 5 was. I knew my quarterback was going to give 100 percent every time he was out there.”
Westbrook gave McNabb even greater praise.
“Jordan had Pippin, I had Donovan McNabb.”
McNabb then delivered a retirement ceremony that didn’t come without a few teary eyes.
“I’m not one for emotion, but this is pretty tough. Pretty tough.” Donovan tearing up thanking his former teammates.
“I can honestly say I gave everything I had every time I stepped out on the field.”
“My goal was to have that parade down Broad Street. We didn’t do it, and I felt like I let down the fans.”
McNabb thanked his teammates and even praised head coach Andy Reid. Reid wasn’t in attendance which felt wrong, even according to Jeffery Lurie.
“I wish Andy could have been here today.”
Obviously considering he was fired within the last six months by the Eagles, it makes sense that Reid wasn’t at the presser. But it would have been fitting to see him and five together at one more presser. After McNabb said he let down the fans, Reid could have dropped a timely “I should have done a better job”.
Regardless of Reid not being there, things felt right today. Through all the love-hate relationship with McNabb, things ended in a positive way today, and laid out a special week three where McNabb will have his number retired with Andy Reid IN attendance.