Donovan McNabb Retires


Donovan McNabb, who took the Philadelphia Eagles the Super Bowl XXXIX, will announce his retirement on Monday.

McNabb, the second pick in the first round of the NFL draft in 1999, was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles.  He played with them until 2009.  He led the Eagles to four consecutive NFC East division championships (2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004), five NFC Championship Games (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2008), and the Super Bowl in 2004.

Among his accomplishments are:  Selected to the Pro-Bowl six times in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2009.  He was the NFC Offensive Player of the Year in 2004, and the NFC Player of the Year.  He was selected to the Philadelphia Eagles 75th Anniversary Team.

McNabb played for Syracuse in college.  He red-shirted his first year, and went on to lead the Orangemen to a record of 35 and 14.  In his freshman year he completed the longest pass in Syracuse history, a 96 yard toss for a touchdown against West Virginia.  He was named the Big Ten rookie of the year at the end of the season.

His 2,892 yards passing in his junior year set a school record.  As a senior, he led the team to the Orange Bowl to face Florida.  He completed 157 of 251 passes (62.5%) for 2,134 yards during the season.  He set another school record by throwing 22 touchdown passes.  He also rushed 135 times for 438 yards and 8 touchdowns.

The Eagles released him at the end of the 2009 season.  He played for the Washington Redskins for one year in 2010, and the Minnesota Vikings for part of the 2011 season.

Donovan McNabb, future Hall of Famer, will announce his retirement Monday.

Alfred James reporting

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