The announcment that fomer Philadelphia Eagles standout quarterback Donovan McNabb will sign a one day contract Monday so that he can retire as a member of the Eagles is just the latest in a long string of such hokey publicity stunts and it comes at an interesting time.
While it seems like a big deal to the player,
Officially retiring as a Philadelphia Eagle today. Unbelievable feeling. Dreams do come true.
— Donovan McNabb (@donovanjmcnabb) July 29, 2013
it seems as though it is done more for the player’s benefit than anything else.
It comes at an interesting time, in that I was having a conversation at a BBQ on the weekend and a friend brought up the potential for Daniel Alfredsson to sign a 1 day contract with the Senators before he announces his retirement. Of the 4 people actively involved in the conversation, (3 of which were Sens fans), the opinions were split. Two people (myself included) were adamantly against it and felt it would be a disrespect to the fans who perceive that he turned his back on them and the team to come back and retire as a Senator.
On the other hand, for the fans who have Alfredsson’s back in the situation, they thought it would be a fitting end and a good tribute to a player who gave so much to the franchise and city and simply made a personal decision to finish his career in another location.
What do you think?