Donovan McNabb
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb stands on the sideline Jan. 9 during an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Dallas Cowboys. David J. Phillip, Associated Press

Donovan McNabb plans to officially retire as an Eagle this season.

McNabb, who led the team to five NFC championship games during his 12-year tenure in Philadelphia and the Super Bowl in 2004, announced his plan on ESPN Radio 97.7 FM in Syracuse, N.Y., on Monday night and repeated it on his national show on NBC Sports Radio.

"I will retire as an Eagle and I look forward to that opportunity and that day," McNabb said on his show.

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McNabb said that the team is making tentative plans for him to be honored on Sept. 19 in Philadelphia, when the Eagles host former coach Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs on NFL Network's "Thursday Night Football" at Lincoln Financial Field.

An Eagles spokesperson would not confirm or deny the plans Tuesday. There is also a possibility that McNabb's No. 5 jersey will be retired.

McNabb would be the latest former Eagle to be honored by the team in recent years, following safety Brian Dawkins, tackle Tra Thomas, linebacker Jeremiah Trotter and running back Brian Westbrook, among others. Dawkins also had his No. 20 jersey retired and was inducted into the Eagles' Hall of Fame.

McNabb would also be expected to receive that honor.

He joined the Eagles in 1999 as Reid's first-ever draft pick (No. 2 overall) and left when he was traded to Washington on Easter Sunday in 2010. During his tenure, he became the franchise's career leader in pass attempts (4,746), completions (2,801), passing yards (32,873), touchdown passes (216).

But he also had his share of detractors among the fan base, mainly due to his inability to lead the team to a Super Bowl victory. The closest he came was in the 2004 season, when the Eagles suffered a 24-21 loss to New England in Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, Fla.

McNabb led the offense to three touchdowns, but also threw three interceptions against the Patriots, including one on the final drive that sealed the defeat.

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