At first glance, it doesn’t seem that the first slide aged very well. But as they say, don’t judge a quarterback by his stat sheet. Mark Brunell didn’t light up the stat sheet with Washington, but he was an exciting quarterback in his own, unique ways.
First off, Brunell was a left-handed passer. You don’t see too many of those today. A now-dying breed in the NFL was somewhat legitimized by Brunell’s long stint as a professional starter. Kenny Stabler, Steve Young and Michael Vick made it cool. You could say Brunell helped make it last.
Ironically, Brunell’s first chance as a starting quarterback came straight out of left field, as the former Washington Husky was traded from the Green Bay Packers to the Jacksonville Jaguars after two years as a backup.
Brunell would go on to achieve most of his personal accomplishments in Jacksonville, accumulating three Pro Bowl berths, two AFC Championship appearances and a cumulative record of 63-54.
It wasn’t until after Brunell’s eighth season as a full-time starter that the then 34-year old was traded to the Redskins, a team desperately searching for competence at quarterback. The lefty gave them that for three seasons (Well, one full season and two half seasons).
During his time in the nation’s capital, Brunell logged a number of accolades, completing the most consecutive passes in a game in NFL history, as well as earning the franchise record for completion percentage in a game.
His short ride in the nation’s capital was tumultuous, full of quarterback controversy, but it was not without excitement. Brunell commanded modest respect, in a time when Redskins quarterbacks were deemed incapable of such a feat.