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Donovan McNabb to officially retire as a Philadelphia Eagle on Monday

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Donovan McNabb holds virtually ever franchise record for quarterbacks with the Philadelphia Eagles, and now will retire with the team. The six-time Pro Bowler has not played in the league since 2011.

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The greatest quarterback in Philadelphia history will end his career as an Eagle: Donovan McNabb will retire in a press conference Monday at the team headquarters, two years after appearing in his last game.

McNabb spent 11 of his 13 NFL seasons with the Eagles, including 2004, when he won NFC Player of the Year as the first player ever to throw for 30 touchdowns with less than 10 interceptions, leading the Eagles to the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots.

The No. 2 pick in 1999, McNabb started as a rookie and immediately made the Eagles relevant. In 2000, he finished second in MVP voting and went to his first of six Pro Bowls. His Eagles teams would make the NFC Championship game five times in his 11 seasons, and although they were never able to take a Super Bowl ring, it was one of the most successful runs in team history. He holds the franchise records for games started at QB (142), wins (91), passing touchdowns (216), passing yards (32,873), completions (2,801) and several other categories. He has the fourth-lowest interception rate in NFL history.

His post-Eagles career was not very good. McNabb was traded in 2010 for a second-round pick to the Washington Redskins while Philadelphia revamped around Michael Vick. McNabb wasn't himself, tossing 15 picks and 14 touchdowns, and played six games with the Vikings in 2011. He didn't play in 2012, and now is deciding to hang up the cleats.

However that's now a bygone era: Last year, McNabb's running back Brian Westbrook retired as an Eagle. Now, it's McNabb's turn, and although the official end of the road is probably a tad depressing for Philadelphia fans, they both deserve the fanfare.

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