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Brunell ready if needed

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla.--The New Orleans Saints' backup quarterback is Mark Brunell, the former starter for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Washington Redskins.

Brunell plays behind Drew Brees, who finished second in the league's most valuable player voting this season. But the 39-year-old veteran said he's confident he still can perform at a high level if he's needed.

"My legs aren't what they used to be," Brunell said, "and I'm certainly not running around like I was. But I can still play at this level, absolutely. My arm is great, no problems."

Brunell said that he brings "a lot of age" to his current backup duties.

"I just think maybe in a game like this, having been in big games, [he provides] a level of confidence or being able to put guys at ease by saying, 'Hey, listen, this is a big game. But just be who you are. Do what you do, and you'll be fine.' Certainly that'll play on Sunday. There will be a lot of nerves, and a lot of opportunities to remind guys that we're here for a reason. We're not here by accident."

By Mark Maske  |  February 3, 2010; 11:06 PM ET  | Category:  Saints , Super Bowl Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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