PHILADELPHIA – Donovan McNabb’s voice cracked and his eyes watered when he stood at the podium to give his retirement speech.
Famously booed when he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999, McNabb couldn’t hide the tears when he called it quits 14 years later. The six-time Pro Bowl quarterback was back in Philadelphia on Monday to make it official, three years after he was traded from the Eagles and 21 months after taking his final snap in the NFL.
“Special day,” McNabb said. “I’m not one for emotion, but this is pretty tough.”
Before McNabb even took the stage, team owner Jeffrey Lurie revealed that his No. 5 will be retired on Sept. 19.
“The No. 5 has become synonymous with one of the greatest eras of Eagles football,” Lurie said. “And ensuring that no one else will ever wear Donovan’s number, we honor one of the greatest playmakers to ever wear an Eagles uniform.”
McNabb will be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame and have his jersey retired on Sept. 19 when the Eagles play the Kansas City Chiefs on a Thursday night. Former Eagles coach Andy Reid, who drafted McNabb with the No. 2 overall pick in 1999, now coaches the Chiefs.
“To be mentioned with the likes of Reggie White, Jerome Brown, Chuck Bednarik, Tommy McDonald, Brian Dawkins and all the other players who have paved the way for me, for my former teammates and for the current players, it’s truly an honor,” McNabb said about becoming the ninth player in franchise history to have his number retired.
McNabb is the team’s all-time leader in pass attempts (4,746), completions (2,801), yards (32,873) and touchdowns (216). He led the Eagles to 100 wins, including nine in the playoffs. McNabb was one of four players in NFL history to have 30,000 yards passing, 200 TDs passing, 3,000 yards rushing yards and 20 TDs rushing, joining Hall of Famers John Elway, Fran Tarkenton and Steve Young.
Police search lake in Hernandez’s Conn. hometown: Connecticut and Massachusetts authorities on Monday searched in and around a lake in the hometown of Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots player who is charged with murder.
Connecticut police declined to comment on the nature of Monday’s search at Pine Lake in Bristol and referred calls to Massachusetts prosecutors. Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for the Bristol County district attorney, would not comment.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old Boston semi-professional football player whose body was found June 17 about a mile from Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough, Mass. The ex-player’s attorneys have called the case against him circumstantial.
Authorities believe Lloyd was killed with a .45-caliber Glock, which hasn’t been recovered.
Police divers were in Pine Lake on Monday and other officers could be seen combing the water’s edge.
Brazill admits ‘mistakes’ after failing drug test: Colts receiver LaVon Brazill admitted Monday that his own “mistakes” led to a failed drug test and an NFL-mandated four-game suspension.
It’s the first time he has spoken publicly about the discipline since the league’s announcement last month.
Though league officials did not say what substance was found in Brazill’s test, the second-year receiver said he must choose between making money or using marijuana.
Titans reach deal with first-round pick Warmack: The Tennessee Titans agreed to terms with offensive guard Chance Warmack, who had been the last remaining unsigned first-round draft pick.
The Titans announced Monday that Warmack had agreed to a deal, but did not release any details of the contract.
Bills DE Williams has sore foot evaluated: Buffalo Bills star defensive end Mario Williams missed his second straight practice to have his sore foot evaluated by team doctors.
Coach Doug Marrone would only say the tests were being conducted away from the Bills training camp facility in suburban Rochester. He added he has not yet received a report from doctors.
Marrone still didn’t know which foot Williams had hurt, or how or when the injury occurred.