The Jacksonville Jaguars will be holding a press conference on Tuesday with former quarterback Mark Brunell to announce plans to add his name to the side of the stadium and join Tony Boselli and Fred Taylor in the "Pride of the Jaguars".
Brunell will be the third member of The Pride, serving as the Jaguars starting quarterback from 1995 through part of the 2003 season. During that span Brunell led the Jaguars to the playoffs four straight seasons from 1996 through 1999 and currently holds the franchise records for passing touchdowns, passing yards and rushing yards for a quarterback.
Brunell's single season franchise record of 20 touchdown passes stood tall until it was broken by David Garrard during the 2010 season.
Personally, I wouldn't put Brunell in The Pride. That's not because he wasn't a good player, he certainly was, but the players put in The Pride should set the standard for the position they play on the team. Brunell was a good quarterback, but he wasn't a great quarterback and his numbers left a lot to be desired, surprisingly given the talent he was surrounded with.
The fact that his 20 touchdowns stood as a single season record for so long is a testament to how barren the Jaguars quarterback position has been in the 14 years since he set the record. His two best seasons, 1996 and 1999, saw him throw more interceptions than touchdowns and then just 14 touchdowns, respectively.
That being said, the nostalgia for Brunell is strong, especially because of his performances in the playoffs.
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