PHILADELPHIA - The Eagles are going to retire Donovan McNabb's No. 5 jersey.

Owner Jeffrey Lurie announced during McNabb's retirement ceremony Monday at the NovaCare Complex that he will become the ninth player in franchise history to receive that honor when the Eagles play host to former coach Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 19.

"It's a rare and wonderful honor," Lurie said Monday. "Donovan was a franchise-changing quarterback. On the field, the numbers speak for themselves. And he was also the face and focal point of so many of our great Eagles teams.

"I'm always telling my fellow owners how lucky and proud I was to have Donovan McNabb on our team. The number '5' has become synonymous with one of the greatest eras of Eagles football and we wanted to honor one of the greatest players to ever wear an Eagles uniform."

McNabb, who delivered an emotional, teary speech on Monday, joins running back Steve Van Buren (14), safety Brian Dawkins (20), defensive back Tom Brookshier (40), tight end Pete Retzlaff (44), center/linebacker Chuck Bednarik (60), end Al Wistert (70), defensive end Reggie White (92) and defensive tackle Jerome Brown (99) in having his jersey retired.

McNabb, the Eagles' first-round draft pick in 1999, played 11 seasons with the team (1999-2009) and holds every franchise passing record. In addition, he led the Eagles to five NFC championship games and an appearance in the Super Bowl.

"I want to apologize to the fans because I feel like I let them down," McNabb said Monday. "I told them I wanted to win a championship, I wanted a parade down Broad Street.

"We know we didn't put the sugar on top, put the cherry on top, but winning the Super Bowl. But we can say we played in a Super Bowl and we did play in five NFC championship games and that's something nobody can ever take away from us."


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