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November 5, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
OAKLAND - The last guy heading out of the locker room area toward the Eagles' bus to the airport yesterday evening was Nick Foles, who slouched through the empty O.co Coliseum hallways silently, as if he were headed to film review. Had Foles ever thought about throwing seven touchdown passes in a game, before he did it? "I haven't. I always just think about what it takes to win the game," Foles said after gaining a prominent piece of NFL history, and completing what might have been the most amazing start-to-start turnaround in the history of football.
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October 24, 2013 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
PHILADELPHIA fans may always acknowledge safety Nate Allen as "that guy the Eagles got for Donovan McNabb. " But now, in his fourth season with the Eagles, Allen is beginning to establish his own identity. When fan favorite and veteran safety Brian Dawkins joined the Broncos via free agency in 2009, the Eagles were left with a hole at the position they needed to fill quickly. After trading McNabb to Washington for a pair of draft picks in 2010, the Eagles used their second-round pick (37th overall)
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September 21, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Donovan McNabb had his ups and downs with the fans during his 11 seasons as the Eagles quarterback. But there was only adulation when his jersey number was retired at halftime of the Eagles game with the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field. The speculation by local and national pundits that McNabb would hear boos never materialized. On this night, it was a true lovefest. The crowd gave McNabb an extended standing ovation when he was introduced by former teammate Brian Dawkins.
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September 21, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Somewhere hiding beneath the hoopla surrounding the returning coach and his prodigal quarterback progeny, there was a football game on Thursday night and, to be honest, not a very good one. The Eagles fell to 1-2 for the season with three straight road games on the horizon after a 26-16 loss to the Kansas City Reids. Strip away the cheesy overhyped story line that came with Andy Reid's return to Philadelphia and Donovan McNabb having his number retired at halftime, and what was left?
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September 20, 2013 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
I AM NOT sure what the concern was all about. Despite the talk from Philadelphia's vocal minority, there was little chance that Donovan McNabb was going to get booed last night by Eagles fans during the ceremony that retired his No. 5. First off, Philadelphia fans aren't as crass as the national media play them out to be, and, with the game against Kansas City broadcast on the NFL Network, they weren't going to serve up any additional fodder....
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September 15, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Eagles play their first home game of the Chip Kelly era Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, fans will see the first part of a major two-year revitalization of Lincoln Financial Field. The $125 million project is scheduled to be completed before the 2014 regular season, but the first phase, which cost $35 million, will be on display Sunday. It includes entrance-gate expansion and navigational improvements; a Wi-Fi system; concession-stand upgrades; expansion of the ProShop; Suites and Touchdown Club revitalization; and historical imagery - huge images of many of the Eagles' greats along the walls.
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August 13, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
IF CHIP KELLY had those pictorial flash cards for his defense, as well, Friday night the Eagles would have been employing a scheme depicted by a photo of a wet paper towel. Cary Williams noticed this, and was troubled. The Birds' sconce-shopping cornerback thinks his teammates need to toughen up. And yesterday, on his first day back from a hamstring injury that prohibited him from taking part in that 31-22, preseason-opening loss to the New England Patriots, Williams explained that the Eagles lack the fight, the edginess of his former team, the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.
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July 31, 2013 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
DONOVAN McNABB will forever be a Philadelphia Eagle, and will have his name join the team's greats when his No. 5 is retired on Sept. 19, when Andy Reid's Kansas City Chiefs visit Lincoln Financial Field. The franchise leader in passing yards and touchdown passes will be the ninth Eagle to have his number retired, and some of his former teammates believe it is well-deserved. "It is a blessing to see that this is now being done for Donovan," Brian Dawkins, whose No. 20 was retired last year, said in his remarks at yesterday's news conference.
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July 31, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Donovan McNabb knew what was coming. He had unofficially retired from football a year ago, had arranged with owner Jeffrey Lurie that he would retire as an Eagle, and even knew that the organization had planned to announce that his No. 5 would be retired as well. But on Monday he watched a stirring five-minute video that highlighted his 11 seasons in Philadelphia. After he heard Lurie and former teammates Brian Dawkins and Brian Westbrook recount how much he had meant to the Eagles and to them, McNabb started to cry. "I'm not one for emotion," McNabb said, pausing frequently, "but this is pretty tough.
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July 31, 2013 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
It is all history now, a decade-plus condensed into a few fleeting images in a highlight video. Maybe now, when it comes to Donovan McNabb, perspective can develop where misperception has too long lingered. When you get past the what-iffery and the if-onlies, the soaring seasons and the crash landings, the real conflicts and the surreal controversies, what you're left with is what Brian Dawkins said Monday. "I just so happen to be a guy that was here in Philadelphia before Donovan got here," Dawkins said.
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