This week's cover story brings us the tale of former star Husky quarterback Mark Brunell, who's declared bankruptcy after pissing away $75 million in pro earnings on rancid real estate investments. This happens to a lot of retired players. Yet while the 41-year-old Brunell is thinking about retiring, he should think instead about moving back to Seattle next year.
Portis has potential, but the p-word has gotten the current Hawk brass in trouble before at the quarterback position--"trouble" strictly defined as "Whitehurst." And if the team drafts a promising rookie in the early rounds of the draft, Portis as the first line of insurance for the fragile (yet, in fairness, tough) Jackson is a scary prospect for a team on the rise.
Which brings us to Brunell, still considered a serviceable backup quarterback in a league fond of reheating its elders at that position while devouring its young at most others. Despite the fact that, according to court documents, Brunell has a sweet-ass job as an entry-level medical supplies salesman lined up for life after football that'll pay him upwards of $60K per year, it'd pale in comparison to the million or so he'd make running opposing teams' offenses in practice.
Brunell returning to Seattle would be tantamount to rekindling a passionate relationship that only ended because of insurmountable logistical circumstances--in Brunell's case, that he couldn't prolong his college career beyond the maximum four years, and was drafted by a pro team other than Seahawks. Mark, Seattle could be your Sugar Mama; let it lick you while you're down.