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.
On the field, Eagles linebacker Jason Phillips tore his right ACL in Monday’s practice.
Phillips is the second player to sustain a season-ending injury in three days. Starting wide receiver Jeremy Maclin tore his right ACL on Saturday.
Phillips played in 16 games for Carolina last year, mostly on special teams. He spent his first 2½ seasons with Baltimore and was entering his fifth year in the NFL.
Around the league
• The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with offensive guard Chance Warmack, who had been the last unsigned first-round draft pick. The Tennessean reported the former Alabama All-American has agreed to a four-year contract that features a fifth-year team option and has a total value of $12.17 million, including a $7.2 million signing bonus.
• Denver Broncos defensive tackle Sylvester Williams hobbled off the field and into the facility after hurting his left knee midway through practice on Monday. Coach John Fox said after the training camp workout that Williams’ injury “doesn’t appear to be super serious.” The first-round pick was banged up while rushing the quarterback in a midmorning drill.
• The Baltimore Ravens never gave up hope of getting back fullback Vonta Leach, and Monday they got their wish. Leach signed a two-year contract with the defending Super Bowl champions after failing to find a proper suitor in the free agent market. Leach led the way for running back Ray Rice last seasonw