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Mark Brunell is a Jacksonville Jaguars ambassador, and yet he can't help feeling as if one day he'll be a London Jaguars ambassador. (Which — an aside — actually doesn't sound that bad for Brunell. Anyway ...)
The franchise's all-time leading passer was a guest on ESPN's "Mike & Mike" and was asked, naturally, about the state of the team. Coming off a 42-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in London, the talk around campfires has been whether the team — assuming the NFL supports it — would consider moving to the U.K.
Brunell said he thinks that just might happen.
"It wouldn't surprise me; I hate to say it," Brunell said. "We have an owner in Shad Khan that bought the soccer team over there, and all indications are that we're headed that way.
"It's not good for Jacksonville. You don't hear a lot of that talk in Jacksonville right now, but everywhere else ... someone mentioned the other day that it's the Jacksonville Jaguars of London."
That's the key. The lack of local talk on the matter is likely because, despite Roger Goodell's pro-London chatter, the Jaguars — right now, anyway — are not acting like a team that's shipping overseas. Khan has pumped money into the stadium, including a new scoreboard and lounge, and says he has no plans now to move the club, per BBC Radio.
"Quite frankly it's very premature. There is, in all candour, a novelty aspect to it," Khan said.
Brunell hopes that's the case.
"I want them to stay, that's my home," Brunell said. "I love the franchise, I love the organization, but it wouldn't surprise anybody if in a few years it happened."
But would he stopped loving it if the team did move there? Just asking.
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