ANDY REID will return to Philadelphia on Sept. 19 when his Kansas City Chiefs face the Eagles in a nationally televised Thursday night game.
Another prominent former member of the organization will be in the house that night, as well.
McNabb confirmed yesterday on his show on NBC Sports Radio that he will retire as an Eagle in September. He said the team has suggested doing it on the 19th, when Reid, the man who selected him with the second overall pick in the 1999 draft, will be there.
The Eagles have not yet made an official announcement, and a team spokesman said they would neither confirm nor deny the report.
Over the last 2 years, several other former players have retired as Eagles: safety Brian Dawkins, running back Brian Westbrook and offensive tackle Tra Thomas. All of them, like McNabb, finished their careers elsewhere.
McNabb spent 11 seasons with the Eagles, compiling a 92-49-1 record as a starter. He led the team to six NFC East titles, five NFC Championship Game appearances and one Super Bowl.
He holds every significant club passing record, including most passing yards (32,873), touchdown passes (216), completions (2,801) and attempts (4,746).
McNabb was traded to the Washington Redskins on Easter Sunday 2010. He spent one season with the Redskins, then was traded to the Minnesota Vikings, where he started six games in 2011 before getting benched.
He did not play last year. He has been working for the NFL Network and also co-hosts a daily 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. show with former quarterback Mark Malone on NBC Sports Radio.
Today on PhillyDailyNews.com, from the DNL blog, check out John Smallwood's take on the reuniting of Reid and McNabb for one final night. Also, a Rich Hofmann column from The Archive about the Easter Sunday night when McNabb was traded to Washington.