One of the all-time great Jaguars will now be seen and heard from more on the local news in Jacksonville. Mark Brunell, who played 17 years in the NFL, including nine with the Jags, is the new sports anchor/reporter and analyst for WJXT Channel 4, the NBC affiliate in North Florida.
The station made the announcement on Wednesday that Brunell, who previously did analyst work for ESPN in their Bristol, CT, studios nationally, will be starting officially on June 1st.
Brunell is a three-time Pro Bowler, who led Jacksonville within a game of the Super Bowl on two occasions, in 1995 and 1999. He remains one of the most popular and beloved Jaguar players.
He went on to quarterback the Washington Redskins and led them to a playoff berth and victory in 2005. And then, Brunell finished his career as a backup in New Orleans and with the New York Jets. He last played in 2011.
Brunell will replace very popular longtime anchor Sam Kouvaris at Channel 4. Kouvaris had been an Emmy award-winning sports director at the television station for 37 years, but could not come to terms on a new contract this spring with them.
Ironically, Kouvaris and Brunell broadcasted Jaguars preseason games together over the last couple of seasons on WJXT and the Jaguars preseason TV network.
Brunell will continue to be a high school coach at Jacksonville’s Episcopal High School, which year in and year out, is one of the more successful private school football programs in North Florida.
The station also detailed in its announcement that Brunell’s Weekly half hour TV show on Mondays from last season, will now expand to one hour every week starting this September. This obviously coincides with the sudden popularity and expectations for 2018 of the Jaguars after their breakout playoff season of 2017.
It’s not clear on how often Brunell will anchor the sportscasts, which is something that he has not done before. However, obviously, the management team for Graham Media Group, which owns the station, is confident that Brunell’s stardom and local popularity will outweigh all.
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