NFL notebook: McNabb officially retires, Eagles retire jersey No. 5

2013-07-30T00:00:00Z NFL notebook: McNabb officially retires, Eagles retire jersey No. 5The Associated Press The Associated Press
July 30, 2013 12:00 am  • 

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.

Brazill makes promise to stop using drugs

ANDERSON, Ind. - LaVon Brazill's drug use is already going to cost him some cash. If he doesn't change his ways, it could cost him an NFL job, too.

The second-year Colts receiver insisted it's an easy choice: He'll take money over marijuana any day.

On Monday, Brazill promised to avoid any more off-the-field missteps as he made his first public comments since the NFL imposed a four-game suspension for a failed drug test. Brazill admitted he alone was to blame and said he has promised the Colts it won't happen again.

"I know any one of you would choose money any day, so that's gone and I'm choosing money any day," Brazill said Monday after Indianapolis' morning walkthrough at Anderson University.

RG3 feeling no pain in knee at camp

RICHMOND, Va. - Robert Griffin III says he has "no pain" and "no swelling" in his surgically right knee.

The Washington Redskins quarterback is also anxious to increase his practice load. He said Monday that training camp is "Operation Patience" as he goes along with coach Mike Shanahan's cautious approach.

Griffin won't be allowed to do 11-on-11 drills in the main practices until next week at the earliest.

For now, protecting the knee is more important that perfecting the fade route. One of the biggest cheers of camp from the fans came with Griffin performed a slow-motion slide at the end of a scramble during a 7-on-7 session.

Ravens sign FB Leach after releasing him

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - 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 paved the way for running back Ray Rice to gain 1,143 yards last season. Leach ran nine times for 32 yards during the regular season and scored a touchdown against Indianapolis during Baltimore's run to the Super Bowl.

But Leach declined to renegotiate his contract during the offseason and was released by Baltimore in June. At the time, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome left open the possibility that Leach could come back.

Extra points

• Former Patriots and UA linebacker Tedy Bruschi spoke to the Patriots on the field minutes after being inducted into New England's Hall of Fame.

• New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez threw the first interception of camp in 11-on-11 drills, getting picked off by LB Josh Mauga. Fans booed Sanchez as Mauga ran down the sideline.

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