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Donovan McNabb's No. 5 to be retired by Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles have been in existence since 1933, and they have retired just eight players' numbers in their history. Donovan McNabb will become the ninth during a ceremony on Sept. 19.

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The announcement was made Monday by Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, as McNabb officially announced his retirement. McNabb thanked his former teammates and got emotional while talking about former coach Andy Reid.

"Eleven great years," McNabb said. "We made history, big fella."

McNabb also addressed his often-rocky relationship with the fans of Philadelphia, comparing it to a marriage. He reiterated his apology to the fans for not winning a title but said he doesn't think about them booing him at the NFL draft.

"Let's put the booing to rest," McNabb said. "That was the beginning of the era, and this is the end. I don't talk about the booing until you guys ask."

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