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King's Corner
Peter King
December 01, 2003
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December 01, 2003

King's Corner

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Jaguars QB Mark Brunell, who lost his job to rookie Byron Leftwich after having surgery to reduce swelling in his throwing elbow

SI: How's your health?

Brunell: The elbow is healing; it just takes time. I feel great.

SI: You've been so closely identified with the Jacksonville Jaguars. What's it like to watch another quarterback take over the team?

Brunell: You know the day will come, but you're never ready for it. It's hard to not be competing alongside my teammates, but Byron has been great since the day he got here. We have gotten along real well. He's respectful. He wants to do things the right way.

SI: Ever lie in bed at night and think, Why me?

Brunell: No, I've been very blessed, and I understand this business. Nine years as the quarterback for one team is a long run. That doesn't happen a lot anymore, so I have a lot to be thankful for.

SI: What's the highlight of your career with the Jaguars?

Brunell: Our playoff win at Denver in 1996, upsetting the Broncos against all odds. That was a day to remember.

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