Mark Allen Brunell is a professional quarterback player for the New York Jets of NFL. He has been a NFL quarterback since 1993 when he was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round as the 118th pick. Prior to being drafted, he played his college football at the University of Washington.
Brunell played for the Packers from 1993 through 1994. He was then the Jacksonville Jaguars starter from 1995 through 2003. He was benched in the third game of the 2002 season and never took another snap as a Jaguar. In 2004, he was traded to the Washington Redskins. Once again, he was benched; this time after the ninth game of the 2006 season. In 2007 he underwent surgery to repair a damaged labrum in his throwing shoulder. That season, he was relegated to the backup spot. He played with the Skins through 2007. In 2008, he signed a contract with the New Orleans Saints.
Brunell made his debut in 1994 with the Packers when he appeared in two games. He then played for eight seasons at the starting quarterback for the Jaguars and three more seasons as Washington’s starter. Presently, he’s the primary backup to New Orleans starter Drew Brees. In 157 games, Brunell has completed 59.6-percent of his passes (2,738 of 4,594) for 31,826 yards and 182 touchdowns. He’s thrown 106 picks and has a rating of 84.2.
After the 2009 season, he was a free agent and didn’t re-sign with the Saints team. It was on 28th July 2010, he signed a two year deal to play for the team of New York Jets. He completed his first pass for the Jets team on 3rd October, against the Buffalo Bills.
He’s been a three-time Pro Bowler (1996, 1997, 1999) and the Pro-Bowl MVP (1997). In the past four seasons, he’s had to battle injuries and declining skills.
Starting his 15th season as a NFL signal caller, Brunell is knowledgeable, experienced and smart. Not the athlete that he was even five years ago, he’s adept at reading and adjusting to defenses, ably anticipates schemes and utilizes refined mechanics. Brunell has poise, the ability to mentor and the confidence to take over an offense in the middle of a game. At this point in his career, he’s a fine number two QB who can still help a team win in many ways.