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WhoDat!656 04-24-2012 10:21 AM

Brunell plans to pack it in
Former quarterback Archie Manning recently said that, nowadays, not many quarterbacks spend 17 or 18 years in the NFL.

Count Mark Brunell among the not many.

After 19 years of pro football, including three Pro Bowls in the late 1990s, Brunell is moving toward retirement, according to Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union, who explains that “barring something unforeseen,” Brunell will call it quits.

“Most guys that have trouble leaving the game are in their 20s,” Brunell said. “I’ve been preparing for football to be over with for quite some time.”

Those preparations were more emotional than financial. Brunell filed for bankruptcy protection in 2010, despite career earnings of more than $50 million.

Brunell, who now lives in Jacksonville after his stint as the greatest quarterback in franchise history, lost his spot behind Jets starter Mark Sanchez after the team traded for Jacksonville native Tim Tebow.

“Tim [Tebow] and Mark [Sanchez] are going to work well together, I think they complement each other very well,” Brunell said. “Tim is going to be a great teammate. You can’t have enough Tim Tebows on your roster.”

We’ll see how good of a teammate Tebow is once Sanchez wipes a booger on his coat.

UPDATE 10:17 a.m. ET: Brunell claims on his unverified Twitter page that he’s not retiring.

Brunell plans to pack it in | ProFootballTalk

SmashMouth 04-24-2012 11:56 AM

What a total shock! :awe:

Halo 04-24-2012 01:22 PM

DUDE, the guy owes MILLIONS after poor investments.

He needs to stay in shape and ride the bench on some team, and eat some Ramen noodles in a small apartment to escape that, otherwise he'll have to work 3 jobs to pay those bills!


Despite becoming a three-time Pro Bowl player, winning a Super Bowl, and making upwards of 50 million dollars, Mark Brunell is broke.

The money is gone, and Action News has uncovered the papers that show how Jacksonville's beloved former quarterback is now playing defense in Bankruptcy court.

According to court filings, Brunell sank his fortune into nine businesses and enterprises, five of which are no longer in operation. Brunell is now the focus of no less than six lawsuits.
Mark Brunell's Crisis: How he lost $50 million - - WAWS FOX30

SaintsBro 04-24-2012 04:04 PM

Held the famous kick for Garrett Hartley. In theory some team may actually still want him as a backup, for clipboard holding, baseball cap wearing, holding field goals, coaching up a young guy, and "Drew would have done it this way" type advice. But after watching him play in that Carolina game in week 17, oh man. Ugh.

QBREES9 04-26-2012 11:19 PM

He had a good career. Good luck Mark !

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