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DONOVAN MCNABB OFFICIALLY RETIRING FROM THE NFL AS AN EAGLE ON MONDAY - Donovan McNabb is going to officially retire from the NFL as a Philadelphia Eagle on Monday, according to the teams’ official website. McNabb and Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie will hold a press conference at the Eagles training complex at 10 a.m. ET.

McNabb is the franchise leader in every major passing category, including attempts (4,746), completions (2,801), yards (32,873), and touchdowns (216). He led the team to a combined 100 regular season and playoff wins. He also led Philly to four NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl appearance. His 3,469 career rushing yards rank sixth all-time among NFL quarterbacks.

McNabb, who is now an analyst for the NFL Network, has recently been best known for his criticism of almost every quarterback who’s received a contract extension during the offseason. 

He also recently said that he truly wouldn’t care if Eagles fans booed him during his retirement ceremony. We’ll see how that goes on Sept. 19. The Eagles have scheduled a retirement ceremony for McNabb when they host the Kansas City Chiefs and McNabb’s former head coach Andy Reid. (Photo: Associated Press)

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CARDINALS ROOKIE WR RYAN SWOPE RETIRES DUE TO CONCUSSIONS - Drafting wide receiver Ryan Swope out of Texas A&M in the sixth round of this year’s draft was a big gamble for the Arizona Cardinals. Swope has all the talent the Cards were looking for on the field, but during his time in College Station he suffered four concussions.

Apparently the last one he suffered is still affecting Swope, so the Cardinals have announced they placed him on the reserve-retired list, which means Swope’s NFL career has ended before it could actually start.

“We knew Ryan has a concussion history in college and understood that it could possibly be an issue,” said Cardinals general manager Steve Keim in a statement. “But weighing all the elements – the medical information available, the particular position in the draft – it was a decision we were comfortable making. As it turned out, he had a setback after he got here. Over the course of the subsequent evaluations, we all decided that Ryan’s long-term well-being was the number-one priority and this was the best course to take.”

Swope also released a statement through his agent, Rep 1 Sports:

“As a result of a concussion I suffered during OTAs, I was advised by doctors that there were serious risks in returning to play football at this point. It has been a lifelong dream to play in the NFL but my long-term health interests outweigh my current goals for football. Because of that, I am electing to retire from the game for now and then reassess my future after this season. In the meantime, I plan to return to Texas A&M to pursue my degree. I want to thank the Arizona Cardinals organization for the opportunity and their support. I wish the team much success this season.”

In early June, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said he thought Swope would be fine, which is why he seemed caught off-guard when Swope couldn’t shake the concussion symptoms.

“We were very, very, very surprised about it,” Arians said in late June. “I’m not sure what he can do, I’m not sure what the doctors are going to do at this point. I hope … because the kid is a great talent, and it would be a shame.”

Swope, who set a school record at A&M with 252 career receptions, says he will re-evaluate his situation after the 2013 season. (Photo: USA Today Sports)

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