On Saturday, the Syracuse Orange will take the field in the Carrier Dome for an ACC contest against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. They’ll look to get themselves their second conference win on the season, and their fourth total of the year.
But, this game is also important because the school will be honoring one of the all-time greats to play there.
Former two-sport Syracuse star and NFL All-Pro, Donovan McNabb will have his jersey retired in a ceremony on Saturday during the game.
McNabb was a standout in both football and basketball in his time at Syracuse from 1995-1998. He was the Big East Offensive Player of the Year a record three times from 1996-1998, and led the Orange to an Orange Bowl berth where they were matched up with the Florida Gators.
Following the 1998 season, McNabb was drafted in the first round by the Philadelphia Eagles and went on to become maybe the best QB in that franchise’s history, leading the team to four consecutive appearances in the NFC Championship Game, with one berth in the Super Bowl, a loss to the New England Patriots.