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Mark Brunell

This Jaguars ambassador waved the British flag

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Sports analysts are known for making controversial comments, but it’s doubtful anyone expected such potentially contentious remarks to come out of the mouth of one of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ most beloved players of all time. During an appearance on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” show, former Jaguars quarterback and team ambassador Mark Brunell said he wouldn’t be surprised if the team moved to London. “It’s not good for Jacksonville,” he said. “You don’t hear a lot of that talk in Jacksonville right now, but everywhere else … ” Many Jags fans were outraged by his comments, which were perceived as ignorant and borderline blasphemous. To make matters worse, Brunell started backpedalling as soon as he got wind of fans’ anger, mostly via Twitter. He took to the airwaves again, this time on local sports radio station 1010 XL, apologizing for his “poor choice of words” and sympathizing with fans for his failure to “defend Jacksonville.” Brunell will soon find out if fans have accepted his mea culpa: During the Dec. 15 Jaguars-Bills game, he becomes the third player inducted into the Pride of the Jaguars. It might be difficult to discern if they’re cheering “Bru!” or “Boo!” 

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