Donovan McNabb and Andy Reid are back in town, you may have heard. The Eagles are hosting Reid’s Chiefs on Thursday night, of course, and decided to hold a retirement ceremony for their former quarterback while their old head coach is in the building.
What should you expect?
Aside from perhaps a few highlights running on the big screens during the course of the game, McNabb’s moment will come at halftime. Brian Dawkins will serve as the emcee for the ceremony, and there will be a laser light and fireworks show as part of the festivities as the No.5 goes up into the rafters.
The following excerpt from a recent Ashley Fox article had some fans scratching their heads:
Reid said he asked McNabb, who will have his jersey number retired at halftime, to walk onto the field with him, as well as the other former Eagles who will be in attendance.
“Donovan and all those guys, they were giving me the business about it,” Reid said. “I told them they all have to walk out of the tunnel with me and see where the loyalty stands.”
Probably just a joke. Wouldn’t be the best PR move for McNabb to come out of the Chiefs’ tunnel. Crazier things have happened, but I don’t anticipate seeing McNabb walking out with Reid — or crawling out of the Eagles’ tunnel like B-Dawk.
From what I have gathered, if Reid is acknowledged it won’t be during the game itself. This is a pretty big spot for the Eagles, and it makes little sense to be paying tribute to the opposing coach once the ball is in the air. There will probably be a tip of the cap to Reid pregame, but that’s it.
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