Should the Eagles retire the number 5 jersey when Donovan McNabb retires this season? (Credit: AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
It was announced earlier this week that Donovan McNabb plans to retire as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles in September. Today, McNabb says he hopes that the Eagles will retire his number five jersey but knows that is ultimately up to the team.
“I would love for that to happen but if they don’t I won’t be upset about it,” McNabb told 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia regarding the possibility of the team retiring No. 5.
McNabb added that he knows Syracuse is retiring his number and that is owner Jeffrey Lurie’s decision on whether or not they will retire his number.
“Syracuse is definitely retiring my number,” McNabb added. “I know [the Eagles] retired Dawkins’ number and that was well deserved. He deserved to be retired and no one should ever wear No. 20 again. We’re talking about different things. Everyone will know more information as we continue on. . . . That comes down to Jeffrey Lurie. Lurie being the great owner of the Philadelphia Eagles obviously took a chance on me and Andy Reid in 1999. That’s will be Jeffrey’s decision as to what the next steps are.”
McNabb also disputed reports that he will be retiring during the Kansas City at Philadelphia game, which will feature his long time coach Andy Reid as the opposing coach.
“We haven’t chosen the date yet,” McNabb said. “The ceremony is something that we’ve been communicating back and forth. I want [the retirement ceremony] to be something that is special. Not only for me but for the fans. We’re discussing some different things that we want to get done, that I would like to see get done. Everything right now is in the works, nothing is written in stone. It was just one step of acknowledging that I wanted to retire as a Philadelphia Eagle. As things continue to break down for the particular event I’ll let everyone know exactly what is going on.”
McNabb believe he will one day be in the hall of fame.
“If you ask me and I had all the votes to put me in I would say yes,” McNabb said regarding whether he’s a Hall of Famer.
The Eagles have retired seven numbers, according to the 2012 Official NFL Record & Fact Book: Steve Van Buren (15), Brian Dawkins (20), Tom Brookshier (40), Pete Retzlaff (44), Chuck Bednarik (60), Al Wistert (70), Reggie White (92), Jerome Brown (99).
The Eagles definitely need to retire McNabb’s number. Although he never brought the city a Super Bowl, he did lead them to four straight NFC Championships and was the face of the franchise for a decade.
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