Former Jacksonville Jaguars Quarterback Mark Brunell will join Graham Media Group’s WJXT Jacksonville, Fla. (DMA 42), as a sports reporter, analyst and insider. Brunell’s first day at the station will be June 1 and he will continue as head football coach at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville. A former analyst at ESPN, Brunell will add […]
Former Jacksonville Jaguars Quarterback Mark Brunell will join Graham Media Group’s WJXT Jacksonville, Fla. (DMA 42), as a sports reporter, analyst and insider.
Brunell’s first day at the station will be June 1 and he will continue as head football coach at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville.
A former analyst at ESPN, Brunell will add anchoring to his duties for the station handling the 6, 10 and 11 p.m. sports reports during parts of the year. He will continue his Monday Morning Quarterback segments each Monday after Jaguars games.
He will also continue his weekly column for News4JAX.com. The Mark Brunell Show co-hosted by Cole Pepper Mondays at 7 p.m. is also back for a second season, this year expanding to an hour. It will again be broadcast in front of a live audience each week from Sneakers Sports Grille in Jacksonville Beach. Brunell will also conduct special interviews with coaches and players throughout the year and report live from big events including the NFL Draft, NFL Combine and Super Bowl.
Teamed with Cole Pepper and Brian Jackson, Brunell will also help sharpen the station’s focus on covering local sports that matter most to viewers — especially at the high school level.
Said Brunell “We have great athletes at the high school level in Jacksonville who are even better kids. We need to tell their stories, and not just football. Let’s share the great achievements in track and tennis, swimming and soccer, all high school sports, men and women. We need to get to these campuses more regularly, talk to these kids, and celebrate their incredible accomplishments.”
WJXT VP-GM Bob Ellis said: “Our commitment to local sports has never been stronger than it is right now. That’s what being ‘The Local Station’ is all about. With Mark now here regularly, we’ll have additional announcements coming about plans for more special events and coverage of local sports. Things no one has ever done in Jacksonville, things viewers have been asking us to do for years.”
Brunell was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the 1993 NFL Draft after a stellar career at the University of Washington. He was acquired by the Jaguars in 1995 and quickly became the team’s starting quarterback. A three-time Pro-Bowl selection, he led the team to the playoffs three times in the Jaguars first four seasons of play, including twice to the AFC Championship Game.
Brunell holds 36 Jaguar team records, including the most touchdown passes in team history. In 2013, he was inducted into the Pride of the Jaguars, the team’s Hall of Fame equivalent. He also won the 2010 Super Bowl as a member of the New Orleans Saints.