Former Jets Backup QB Mark Brunell Likely to Call it a Career After 19 Seasons

By Alan Schechter

Dec 18, 2011; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Brunell (8) during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Jets 45-19. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

This looks to be it for Mark Brunell, as he has told a Florida newspaper that he is likely to retire, after spending 19 years in the NFL, the last two as the backup QB for the New York Jets. He hasn’t officially put in his papers, as he wants to make sure no team is interested in his services, but the paperwork is likely to come soon.

“Most guys that have trouble leaving the game are in their 20s,” Brunell told the newspaper yesterday after his charity golf tournament in Jacksonville. “I’ve been preparing for football to be over with for quite some time.”

He also commented that Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow will work well together. He said you “…cannot have enough Tim Tebows on your roster….”

Brunell as I said, spent 19 years in the league. The last years of his career were spent floating around as a backup with the Saints and Jets, but his best years were spent as the QB of the Jacksonville Jaguars, leading the Tom Coughlin led Jags to an AFC championship game.