A Look Back at D-Mac

Look back at Donovan's time in Philly.

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He's had his ups and downs, but Donovan McNabb was the face of the Eagles for more than a decade. On Thursday the Eagles will retire D-Mac's No. 5.
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D-Mac went on to wear Burgundy and Gold but for 11 years he bled Eagles green.
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A smile recognized by fans everywhere, McNabb brought more pleasure than pain to the Delaware Valley. His DM5 Foundation has contributed to organizations all over the map.
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D-Mac made a name for himself at Syracuse University, starring on both the football and basketball teams. He even showed off those bball skills on Pros Vs. Joes.
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His athletic ability and character led the Eagles to draft him in the first round, No. 2 overall, in the 1999 NFL Draft. He was greeted with 'boos' from the Bleeding Green Nation that wanted to see the Birds pick running back Ricky Williams instead.
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McNabb quickly became a leader as Eagles fans quickly fell in love with him.
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In 2002 McNabb and the Birds soared all the way to team's first NFC Championship game in two decades. But, as would happen again, and again during the deacde, D-Mac failed to soar when it counted most as the Eagles lost 29-24.
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In 2003 there was a national outcry after conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh made some harsh comments about McNabb, forcing the quarterback and race into the national spotlight.
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As always, McNabb tried to handle it the best he could with class and dignity.
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After three NFC Championship losses McNabb led the Eagles to Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005, where they fell to the New England Patriots. It was the first time the Eagles reached football's biggest stage in a generation.
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Things weren't all smiles once T.O. came to town and started acting up after the Super Bowl season. What looked to be an unstoppable duo, ended up spiraling out of control that season.
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After being benched in a 2008 game against the Ravens, McNabb bounced back and had a tremendous season, showing how resilient No. 5 truly is.
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In 2009, McNabb and the Eagles lost to the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship -- his fifth NFC Championship game in eight years. Despite coming up short in the NFC Championship four times, McNabb still has the most playoff wins in team history.
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When Mike Vick came to town in 2009, McNabb felt the pressure of having two other QBs (including Kevin Kolb) waiting in the wings.
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Less than a month later, McNabb suffered a rib injury which forced Kolb into the starting role. The birth of the QB Controversy.
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McNabb came back and still managed to make his sixth Pro Bowl, proving that he's one of the most elite QB's in football.
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The Eagles had a choice going into 2010 -- Kolb, McNabb or Vick?
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On Easter Sunday Andy Reid and the Birds shipped out McNabb to Washington where he joined coach Mike Shanahan.
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Eventually Vick took over under center in Philly.
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No. 5 will forever be looked at by many Eagles fans as one of the best QBs to ever wear the uniform.
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