March 24, 1957|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||205 lb (93 kg)|
|NFL Draft:||1980 / Round: 6 / Pick: 145|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Scott Lee Brunner (born March 24, 1957) is a former professional American football quarterback in the National Football League who played for the New York Giants from 1980 to 1983, the Denver Broncos in 1984, and the St. Louis Cardinals in 1985.
Brunner was born in Sellersville, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Middletown, New York. By the time he started high school, the family had moved to West Chester, Pennsylvania. Brunner played high school football at Henderson High School in West Chester, Pennsylvania and Lawrence High School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, where the family had moved before his junior year.
Brunner played under head coach Tubby Raymond and led the Delaware Fighting Blue Hens to the NCAA Division II Football Championship in his only year as a starter in 1979. Brunner earned first team All-American honors by the American Football Coaches Association and was the Eastern College Athletic Conference All-East Player of the Year in 1979 when he threw for 2,401 yards and a then school record 24 touchdowns in leading Delaware to a 13-1 record and a national title game win over Youngstown State University. He also served as a backup in 1978 (behind future NFL player Jeff Komlo) and helped UD advance to the NCAA Division II championship game. Brunner was selected to the NCAA Division II Hall of Fame in 2002.
Brunner was selected by the New York Giants in the sixth round of the 1980 NFL Draft. He replaced an injured Phil Simms during the 1981 season as the starting quarterback for the Giants. With Brunner leading them, the Giants beat the Philadelphia Eagles 20–10, but subsequently lost to the San Francisco 49ers 17–10. The Giants defeated the Los Angeles Rams 10–7 and the St. Louis Cardinals 20–10, setting up a season finale against the Dallas Cowboys, in which a win would clinch their first playoff berth since 1963. The Giants won the game 13-10 in overtime. The Giants were unable to build on their success in 1982, mainly due to the 1982 NFL Players strike that reduced the schedule to nine games. Ray Perkins left the Giants after the 1982 season and George Young's choice to replace Perkins was Bill Parcells, the Giants' defensive coordinator. Brunner was named the starter for the 1983 season opener against the Rams. Parcells chose Brunner over Simms, Jeff Rutledge and Mark Reed.
Brunner was traded to the Denver Broncos on April 27, 1984, in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick (used to select linebacker Gary Reasons) to serve as backup quarterback to John Elway. Brunner was placed on injured reserve with a knee infection, however, on August 29, 1984. He was traded to the Green Bay Packers on April 26, 1985, in exchange for a 1986 sixth round draft pick (used to select tight end Orson Mobley), but was again traded, this time to the Cardinals on August 26, 1985, for another 1986 sixth round pick (used to select linebacker Burnell Dent). After backing up Neil Lomax in 1985, Brunner was released by the Cardinals on August 27, 1986. In his NFL career, he played in 72 games and threw for 29 touchdowns. He rushed for one touchdown and passed for 6,457 yards.
For 15 years, Brunner served as vice president for an institutional stock research and portfolio management firm on Wall Street, and he is currently the executive vice president of Net Worth Management Group. He is a private quarterback coach and offensive coordinator of the TEST Football Academy in Martinsville, New Jersey. He tutored former Delaware quarterback Joe Flacco before the 2008 NFL Draft, in which he was selected 18th overall by the Baltimore Ravens. Brunner lives with his wife in Millburn, New Jersey. He has three children.
- Katz, Michael. "THE EDUCATION OF QUARTERBACK BRUNNER", The New York Times, September 20, 1982. Accessed October 23, 2007. "Scott, who was born in Sellersville, Pa., grew up in Middletown, N.Y.; West Chester, Pa., and Lawrenceville, N.J.... The family moved to Lawrenceville just before Scott's junior year in high school."
- Scott Brunner Archived 2007-04-08 at the Wayback Machine., database Football. Accessed September 16, 2007.
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- Salituro, Chuck (April 26, 1985). "Packers get Brunner for 1986 draft pick". The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved 2012-06-29.
- Van Sickle, Gary (August 27, 1985). "Packers' cuts include wide receiver Cassidy". The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved 2012-06-29.
- "Cliff Stoudt gets tryout with Cards". The Vindicator. August 27, 1986. Retrieved 2012-06-29.
- Wahler, Joey (April 25, 2008). "Ex-Giant Brunner mentors Flacco". sny.tv. Archived from the original on January 4, 2014. Retrieved 2012-06-29.
- Schaefer, Beverly. "Former Giants QB Scott Brunner helps open new PEAC turf facility in Ewing", The Times (Trenton), January 26, 2015. Accessed December 18, 2017. "The Millburn resident played football at Lawrence High School and the University of Delaware and played for the Giants from 1980 to 1983."
- Begley, Ian (January 24, 2009). "Where are they now? Scott Brunner passes on future with Giants". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2012-07-08.