Mark Brunell was one of these ageless wonders. He put in 19 seasons under his belt of solid to workmanlike/ journeyman quality work. In the annals of pro football, he doesn’t get the respect he deserves, and his arrival in Jacksonville heralded an era of respectability in Jaguars football. The owner of all of the passing records in the franchise’s record books when he departed the Jaguars after the 2003 season, Mark earned 3 Pro Bowl Nominations, including MVP honors of the 2000 Pro Bowl.
Originally a 5th round pick out of Washington State by the Green Bay Packers in the 1993 draft, Brunell didn’t see much action playing for the Pack, sitting behind Brett Favre and Ty Detmer. He’d be eventually traded to the Jaguars in 1995 for a 3rd and 5th round pick before the team’s inaugural season began. After his banner time in Jacksonville, Mark was traded to the Redskins and provided stability to the quarterback position in Washington from 2004 to 2007. During that period he’d break the NFL record for most consecutive completions in a game with 22. In 2008, he signed with the Saints- winning his lone Super Bowl Championship (XLIV) as Drew Brees’ backup.
Brunell played 2 more seasons for the New York Jets (2010-2012), before retiring. Since that time Mark has gone into coaching stating at the High School level and as of 2018 is coaching in the Jacksonville area. Mark has made the news otherwise for all the wrong reasons financially, and at one point needed to file for bankruptcy. Those are always the most humbling moments- so it was not a big deal to send him the requested donation.
Dion Bailey is an interesting type of tweener that some schemes call an ‘Elephant’. He’s a linebacker/ defensive back hybrid that the USC Trojans used all over the field from 2011 to 2013. He earned the Pac-12 honor for being the Defensive Freshman of the Year when he had 81 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, 2 pass deflections, and 1 forced fumble in 2011. He’d settle in at linebacker for 2012 with similar numbers (80 tackles, 1 sack) but have 4 interceptions, before bouncing over to safety in 2013, with 62 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 5 picks, and 6 pass deflections. Dion declared for the 2014 NFL Draft, but went unselected.
He spent the next year on and off the Seahawks practice squad and injured reserve lists at strong safety. Dion started 1 game and had 3 total tackles for the Seahawks. He was signed by the New York Jets in 2015, and actually saw playing time in 5 games (1 start) with 18 combined tackles, .5 sacks, and 2 pass deflections backing up Calvin Pryor. He was granted an injury release in 2016 and is for all points and purposes retired from the sport.
Dion spent some time working internships in political government over the last year or two. He studied public policy at USC and has dreams about running for Mayor of Los Angeles.
Trevor Reilly played both on the defensive line and at linebacker while in college at Utah. Over his 4 years there he played in 48 games, posting 235 total tackles, 37.5 tackles for loss, 20.5 sacks, 5 pass deflections, 2 interceptions and 5 fumble recoveries. Reilly waited a long time to hear his name called but eventually during the 7th round of the 2014 Draft, the New York Jets called his name.
He spent two seasons with the Jets (2014 and 2015) where he suited up for 29 games. During that time he had 19 total tackles, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble. He’d be released in 2016 and found his way onto the Patriots practice squad. A few months later, Trevor was signed to the active squad of the Dolphins, where he finished out the year. He’d be placed on the team’s practice squad in 2017, but be released early into the season. The Patriots resigned Reilly needing depth at the position. Currently he is a free agent.
Outside of that, Trevor is known for two things in the NFL. First he’s completely fluent in Swedish- something he picked up during his missionary time while there in the country. Second, during a game against the Broncos, Reilly accidentally knocked out referee Jeff Rice.
Celebrating the game, the players, the cards, and the autographs for over 25 years.