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Mark Brunell - Jaguars Greatest Players


Mark Allen Brunell was born in Los Angeles 0n September 17, 1970. He loved football even as a child, and as starting quarterback led his high school team to two league championships and an appearance in the state championship series. In 1988, he would move on to the University of Washington, and in his sophomore year became the starting quarterback for the Huskies. He led his team to victory at the 1991 Rose Bowl, and was named the game's MVP. Unfortunately he would suffer a knee injury that spring, and only played intermittently the rest of that season; managing even so to play in Washington's repeat victory at the '92 Rose Bowl.

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By 1993 the 23-year-old Brunell had recovered, and was picked in the 5th round of the NFL draft by the Green Bay Packers. He played with the Packers for two years, and then in 1995 he was traded to the newly established Jacksonville Jaguars, in return for 3rd and 5th round picks in that year's draft.

Brunell would go on to quarterback the Jaguars for 8 seasons. In his first season, Brunell completed 201 of 346 passes(58.1%), with 15 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He also added 480 yards on the ground and 4 rushing touchdowns.

Brunell was selected for the NFL Pro Bowl three times during his time with the Jaguars, and was named Pro Bowl MVP in 1997. Under Brunell's leadership, the Jaguars made it to the AFC Championship twice(1996 and 1999). The 1996 season was particularly special for Brunell was an incredible year for him, as he led the league in passing with 4,367 yards along with 19 touchdowns (although he did throw 20 interceptions).

During the 2002 offseason, Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver fired long-time Head Coach Tom Coughlin, which set in motion a series of events that ended with the Jaguars' drafting of Byron Leftwich, and Brunell's benching a few games into the 2003 season. After much success with Brunell, the Jaguars were ready to move on.

Following the 2003 season, Brunell was traded to the Washington Redskins. Unfortunately, a hamstring injury would leave him on the bench for much of the season. Brunell spent the next few years tied up in a quarterback-yoyo with Patrick Ramsey.

On September 24, 2006, Brunell set the NFL's record for most consecutive completions in a single game by completing 22 straight passes.

After ultimately falling out of favor in Washington for Jason Campbell, Brunell signed with the New Orleans Saints in 2008 to serve as a backup for Drew Brees. Brunell was also the team's field-goal holder. The Saints won the Super Bowl that season, which brought Brunell his first and only Super Bowl ring. After playing for the New York Jets in 2010 and 2011, Brunell retired from the NFL and moved back to Jacksonville.

Brunell still holds most of the Jaguars's passing records, and is generally remembered as the Jaguars only franchise quarterback to date.

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