Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/29/13
Donovan McNabb will formally retire as an Eagle on Monday. The former Eagles quarterback will be honored at a news conference with owner Jeffrey Lurie. McNabb 36 appeared at the Eagles' Alumni Day during Sunday's open practice at Lincoln Financial Field. McNabb was introduced to the 30000 fans in attendance and received a standing ovation. His relationship with the team and the fans in Philadelphia was at times acrimonious but the retirement ceremony should offer positive closure. McNabb is the team's all-time leader in every major passing category. He quarterbacked the Eagles to 91 regular-season wins and nine postseason victories. His reception was among the loudest. Brian Dawkins Brian Westbrook Duce Staley and Harold Carmichael also received big ovations. Good start Eagles president Don Smolenski said that 30000 fans attended the first open practice. Fans had reserved 65000 tickets but there was a threat of rain and the tickets were free so it was not certain the stadium would be full. "For me what I was paying attention to when I talked to the fans was how happy they were how excited they were to be in the stadium. A lot of people this was their first time there" Smolenski said. "That was a cool feeling. Their excitement you forget that sometimes." Smolenski said fans were waiting outside the parking lots as early as 8 a.m. - 90 minutes before the lots were to open. Fans were waiting outside the stadium gates at 8:30 a.m. two hours before the scheduled opening. This forced Smolenski to admit them earlier than planned. The feedback was positive from the football operations side Smolenski said. The team had its meetings in the morning at the NovaCare Complex went to the stadium then returned to the practice facility. Practice was confined to one field but there did not appear to major space issues.
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