We’ve nearly made it through June, which means our 30-Day Fan Challenge series is coming to an end. It also means training camp is awfully close, and before you know it, we’ll have football again!
But until then, let’s continue to talk about some of our favorite players to ever suit up for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Today we’ll talk about the position you all have been waiting for -- quarterback!
This has been a problem position for the last several years. I think it is fair to say that incumbent starter Blake Bortles still has a lot to prove. OK, that’s an understatement. Last year was a complete disaster, but let’s not get into that right now. Before him, it was the Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne eras. No real need to discuss those seasons, either.
The Jags have only really had three quarterbacks worth mentioning. Byron Leftwich had his ups-and-downs, and didn’t perform up to No. 7 overall standards. But he finished his career with a winning record for the Jaguars, and Alfie named him as his most underrated Jag of all-time.
David Garrard eventually unseated Leftwich as the starter and led Jacksonville to a playoff victory during the 2007-2008 season. He played his entire career in Jacksonville and also finished with a win-loss record above .500. He was the kind of player who wouldn’t lose you games, but wouldn’t necessarily win them for you, either. Except for that one time.
So for me, the answer is clear cut. My all-time favorite Jaguars quarterback is none other than Trent Edwards!
Just kidding. Of course, it is Mark Brunell. Brunell leads Jacksonville in all-time wins, passing yards, touchdowns, completions, attempts and fourth-quarter comebacks.
Brunell started his career in Green Bay before the Jaguars acquired him through a trade during the 1995 draft. He played nine seasons in Jacksonville, appearing in 120 games (117 starts).
According to Pro Football Reference, Brunell finished his entire career with 32,072 yards, which ranks in the top-40 of the NFL. About 80 percent of which — or 25,698 yards — came from his tenure in Jacksonville.
He threw for 144 touchdowns, 2,184 completions and a 60.4 percent completion clip as a Jaguar. He finished his time in Duval with a 63-54 record, including 14 come-from-behind wins.
Brunell’s career accolades include three Pro Bowl selections, leading the NFL in passing yards in 1996, and winning a Super Bowl championship as part of the New Orleans Saints (XLIV). He was inducted into the Pride of the Jaguars in 2013.
Although he went on to play for the Saints, Washington Redskins and New York Jets, he will always be the epitome of a Jacksonville Jaguar to me. He remains near the top of my list when talking about all-time favorite players from this franchise.
I am going to go out on a limb, and say most of you agree with me, but let me know in the comments which player was your all-time favorite signal-caller for the teal and black.