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Brunell, Mark

Cards: TNT Signature Select, Classic 1993, SP Game Used 2002, Leaf Rookies & Stars 2006
Acquired: TTM 2016, C/o Home
Sent: 9/12    Received: 10/11     (26 days)*
*donation enclosed

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, but 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 starting at the High School level, and as of 2019 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.


Wood, Juston

sp03 jwoodCard: SP Authentic 2003
Acquired: 2016, Kenny’s Grab Bag

Juston Wood went undrafted after putting up some solid numbers at Portland State. In 2001, he put up 23 TDs to only 5 interceptions in 366 attempts for the PSU Vikings. Going undrafted, he signed with the Minnesota Vikings in 2003, but didn’t make the roster.  Afterwards, Wood signed with the Arena Football League 2’s Central Valley Coyotes. He had a solid 2005 campaign with the squad, throwing for 89 TDs and 4,361 yards.  He’d then have short stints on the New York Dragons and Philadelphia Soul over the next few years,  retiring in 2009.  As of 2016 he’s an assistant coach at Cal Poly State.