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Former NFL quarterback Mark Brunell, who took home a Super Bowl ring in 2009 as a backup and holder for the Saints, is a proud man after his daughter Caitlin Brunell took home the title of Miss Alabama over the weekend.

Caitlin, 22, will now compete in the Miss America pageant in September after beating out 47 other contestants.

“I’m in complete shock,” Caitlin told al.com. “I don’t know if I even have words to describe, but I have worked so hard for this moment. I could not be more proud to represent this state. This is an absolute honor and blessing. I’m just so thankful.”

During an episode of HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’ when Brunell was on the Jets, you might remember him vowing to keep Caitlin away from QB Mark Sanchez:

“I have a daughter who’s only five years younger than him,” Brunell said. “That’s really weird… He’s not meeting my daughter. She already thinks he’s cute.”

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