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2. QB Mark Brunell

Dec 15, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell speaks with Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan in the second quarter of their game against the Buffalo Bills at EverBank Field. Brunell was inducted into the “Pride of the Jaguars” during halftime ceremonies. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Furthest Mark Brunell ever got to a Super Bowl appearance was in 1996 with the Jacksonville Jaguars when he led them to the AFC Championship game, which they lost to the New England Patriots. He led the Jaguars back to the AFC Championship game again in 1999, but lost to the Tennessee Titans. Brunell enjoyed additional seasons with the Jaguars (where he holds all quarterbacking records) and the Washington Redskins.

Brunell was the backup quarterback for Drew Brees and holder for then unknown rookie kicker Garrett Hartley in the Saints 2009 season. Current Saints quarterback Drew Brees acknowledge that Mark Brunell is one of the men he tries to emulate on and off the field.

Following his first Super Bowl victory, Brunell played for the New York Jets while Mark Sanchez was developing as a quarterback. He retired from the NFL in 2012. Brunell had various business ventures in real estate and “Whataburger” franchises in and around the Jacksonville area. He filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2010 due to failed real estate and other business investments. He was also an assistant football coach for Providence School in Jacksonville in 2012.