Donovan McNabb is done playing professional football. The quarterback started his career with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999, and though he spent several years with the Washington Redskins and then the Minnesota Vikings, he signed a one-day contract with the Eagles and officially retired from the NFL on July 29.
“I think when you’ve played this game for so long, you’ve just got to know when to say when,” McNabb says during the ceremony of the decision. “You get to later in your career and you want to win a championship. You don’t want to go through a rebuilding phase. You don’t want to be kind of a stop-and-shop guy. You want to go somewhere where you can kind of get settled. And I just felt like my best move was to go on to my next phase.”
He continues, “You just have a feel. But it’s a tough decision. When you come around to it you have to be confident in your decision because you don’t want to waver. Once you waver, then it becomes a problem.”
The July 29 ceremony at Lincoln Financial Field allowed McNabb to announce his retirement, but a later Sept. 19 ceremony will be held to retire his No. 5 jersey. “It’s rare to retire a number, but it’s richly deserved,” Eagles owner Jeff Lurie says of the decision.
McNabb ended his career with 37,276 passing yards. He ranks 10th overall in the NFL in rushing yards. From 2000 to 2009, McNabb had a 90-45-1 record with the Eagles.