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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 Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
THOUSANDS of words were spoken by and about Donovan McNabb yesterday at NovaCare, as McNabb officially retired as an Eagle, and the team announced that his No. 5 will be retired in a Sept. 19 ceremony before the Birds play Andy Reid's Kansas City Chiefs. Some of the most illuminating words came from Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie. Lurie extolled McNabb's toughness, for playing on a broken fibula while throwing four touchdown passes against the Cardinals in 2002, and for winning an NFL offensive player of the month award while playing with a sports hernia in 2005.
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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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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 29, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
All tickets have been reserved for Sunday's open practice at Lincoln Financial Field, the first of five open training camp practices this summer. The Eagles have issued 246,000 tickets for the five open dates. Sunday's 12:30 p.m. practice will be the first day in full pads. The players will hit for the first time, a key component in the coaching staff's evaluation. The Eagles will have 39 former players present, including Donovan McNabb, Ron Jaworski, and Brian Dawkins. The team will recognize the players before practice, and eight Eagles alumni will be at the HeadHouse Plaza signing autographs at 10:30 a.m. Although coach Chip Kelly said practice will be structured in the same way as it would be if it was at the NovaCare Complex, Kelly must make some adjustments because there is one field instead of three.
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