Two months ago, some sad (or disturbing, depending on how you look at it) news came out about former Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell. Joe Gibbs' former number one quarterback filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in June and is facing lawsuits due to failed real estate investments.
Yesterday, Brunell made an appearance in court in Jacksonville, and, well, the whole thing is just kind of crazy. Karen Burne Mathis of the Jacksonville Record has the entire account of Brunell's rough day, and if you can, I encourage reading it. Brunell is set to make $1.5 million this season, which should help him pay back his creditors, but that's only if he is able to make the Jets roster.
Therefore, this was probably the saddest line in the whole article.
U.S. Trustee Timothy S. Laffredi, a U.S. Department of Justice attorney leading the Jacksonville meeting, asked Brunell what would happen if he didn't make the team.
"First off, cry," said Brunell. He said he wasn't sure of the next step other than "coming back down to Jacksonville to live."
The article closes with Brunell's attorney saying his creditors are "rooting for him" to make the team. Without passing any judgement on Brunell as a person or how Brunell got himself into this mess, it's kind of crazy to think about how much pressure he has to perform well enough to make an NFL roster. He brought it upon himself, but you can't help but feel at least a little sympathy for him.
(Okay, maybe that's just me).