Brunell part of Pack's QB factory

GREEN BAY – At the start of the 1994 season, the Packer depth chart at quarterback read, in order: Brett Favre, Ty Detmer, Mark Brunell, Kurt Warner.<p> Quite a grouping.<p>

GREEN BAY – At the start of the 1994 season, the Packer depth chart at quarterback read, in order: Brett Favre, Ty Detmer, Mark Brunell, Kurt Warner.

Quite a grouping.

Favre was a rising star who had been to the Pro Bowl and the playoffs. Detmer was a talented backup. Warner, who six years later led the St. Louis Rams to a Super Bowl win, was a rookie free agent signed from an NCAA Division I-AA school.

Then there was Brunell. He was an intriguing lefthander selected by the Packers in the fifth round of the 1993 draft, and who quickly figured out he probably would never start a game for Green Bay.

"Being a starter never crossed my mind," said Brunell, who was traded by the Packers to the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1995 and promptly became one of the best quarterbacks in the AFC. "I knew that was Brett's team. I knew if I was going to get my chance, it would have to be somewhere outside of Green Bay."

Brunell ended up as far from a frozen tundra as you can get. In sunny Jacksonville he led the Jaguars to the 1997 AFC championship game, and helped them finish 14-2 in 1999.

Favre and his former teammate will oppose each other for only the second time in their careers on Monday as the Packers travel to Florida to tackle the Jaguars.

Favre has nothing but good memories about Brunell, and the other young guns on the 1994 team. "We all got along great," Favre said. "We had a lot of fun. We all learned at the same time. After seeing him in practice, I knew Mark would be a premier player in the league. I knew he would get an opportunity somewhere."

Even the quarterbacks coach – current San Francisco 49ers head coach Steve Mariucci – made it big.

"It seems like forever since I've seen Green Bay," Brunell said. "The memories I have are still fresh. Green Bay was the absolutely perfect experience for me after college. I learned an awful lot in my two years there even though I hardly ever got on the field."

The Packers and Jaguars have played only once – Sept. 24, 1995 at Jacksonville. Favre completed 20 of 30 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns. Brunell was 16 for 29 for 156 yards and two scores. Green Bay won 24-14.


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