Mark Brunell played in the NFL for nineteen seasons and is best known for his nine seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, whom he led to the franchise's first playoff appearances between 1996 and 1999.
47 Facts About Mark Brunell
Mark Brunell went on to guide Jacksonville to four consecutive playoff runs within their first five seasons, the first NFL expansion team to do so, and clinched the franchise's first division title in 1999 en route to a second AFC Championship appearance.
Mark Brunell was the starting quarterback for the St Joseph High School Knights of Santa Maria, California, in the 1985,1986, and 1987 seasons.
Mark Brunell led his team to two league championships and one appearance in the CIF Central Section finals.
Mark Brunell signed with the University of Washington out of high school in 1988, joining a highly touted recruiting class that included future fellow NFL players Lincoln Kennedy and Steve Emtman.
Mark Brunell saw his first action in his redshirt freshman year, and took over the starting duties in his sophomore season in 1990.
Irrespective of their final ranking, the Huskies, with Mark Brunell's star rising, seemed set to soar to even loftier heights in 1991.
Mark Brunell was expected to lead the Huskies in 1991, but a devastating knee injury in the annual Husky spring game would sideline Mark Brunell and cast the Husky hopes for a national championship run in doubt.
Mark Brunell was capably replaced by Puyallup native Billy Joe Hobert, and the University of Washington went on to win their first two games in Mark Brunell's absence.
Mark Brunell would be given an opportunity to lead series on a part-time basis in the remainder of Husky games as the season progressed, typically at least one drive in each 2nd quarter in addition to the second half.
On January 1,1992, Mark Brunell played a small role in Washington's second straight Rose Bowl victory, this time over Michigan.
In 1992, with two successful quarterbacks returning, Mark Brunell was unable to wrestle the starting QB spot away from Hobert and as such contributed in a limited role during their first eight games.
Now a senior, Mark Brunell steered the devastated Huskies to one win in their last three regular-season games.
The Huskies again won the Pac-10 and Mark Brunell started his second Rose Bowl game, this time against Michigan.
In 2015, Mark Brunell was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.
Mark Brunell was the fourth quarterback drafted in 1993 and was the second quarterback drafted from Washington after Billy Joe Hobert was selected in the third round by the Los Angeles Raiders.
Mark Brunell entered training camp as a backup quarterback and competed to be the primary backup against Ty Detmer.
Mark Brunell entered the game during the second quarter after Brett Favre suffered a hip pointer.
Mark Brunell immediately engineered a 49-yard drive that ended with his first career touchdown on a five-yard rush.
Mark Brunell finished the game completing 11 of 24 pass attempts for 79 passing yards and was held without a touchdown pass or interception.
Mark Brunell became a restricted free agent after the 1994 NFL season and received a contract offer from the Philadelphia Eagles, who had just hired former Green Bay Packers' defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes as their new head coach.
Mark Brunell was reluctant to accept the five-year contract offer from the Philadelphia Eagles as he did not want to spend his twenties as a backup quarterback behind Randall Cunningham.
The Packers and Eagles agreed on the terms of a trade, but were unable to finalize the deal after Mark Brunell declined to sign a long-term deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Mark Brunell started 13 games in 1995, completed 201 out of 346 passes, for 2,168 yards, with 15 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.
Mark Brunell was benched in favor of Byron Leftwich following halftime of the third game of the 2003 season.
In December 2013, Mark Brunell was inducted into the Pride of the Jaguars, the team's Hall of Fame equivalent.
Mark Brunell was traded to the Washington Redskins prior to the 2004 season.
Ramsey's play towards the end of that season and following pre-season would lead to a quarterback controversy where Mark Brunell would be benched going into the 2005 season.
Mark Brunell finished third in the 2005 NFL Comeback Player of the Year awards.
On September 24,2006, Mark Brunell broke the NFL record for most consecutive completions in single game when he completed his first 22 passes against the Houston Texans.
Mark Brunell set the Redskins franchise record for highest completion percentage in a single game.
On November 13,2006, after winning only three of their first nine games of 2006, Mark Brunell was benched in favor of Jason Campbell, Washington's 2005 first round draft pick.
On March 13,2008, Mark Brunell was signed by the New Orleans Saints.
Mark Brunell entered the 2008 season as the backup to Drew Brees, appearing in just two games.
Mark Brunell was a free agent after the 2009 season, and did not re-sign with the Saints.
Mark Brunell then went on to throw a second scoring pass for 52 yards to Braylon Edwards in the second half.
Mark Brunell was re-signed two days later at a reduced salary.
Mark Brunell was an assistant football coach at Providence School in Jacksonville, Florida in 2012.
In January 2013, Mark Brunell became the new head football coach and program director at Episcopal School of Jacksonville.
On January 28,2021 Mark Brunell was hired by the Detroit Lions as quarterbacks coach.
Mark Brunell was one of the most involved members of Champions for Christ.
Mark Brunell conducted volunteer work at the University of North Florida.
Mark Brunell is married to Stacy with a daughter, Caitlin, and three sons: Jacob, Joseph and Luke.
Mark Brunell has been credited in establishing numerous Whataburger fast food locations around the Jacksonville area.
On June 25,2010, Mark Brunell filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, at least in part due to numerous failed real estate and other business investments.
The operation of 11 Whataburger franchise locations in which Mark Brunell is involved will not be affected by the bankruptcy.