Don Majkowski

Donald "Majik" Vincent Majkowski (born February 25, 1964) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League for the Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, and Detroit Lions.

Don Majkowski
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Majkowski (right) greeting Brett Favre in 2007
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Personal information
Born:February 25, 1964 (age 55)
Buffalo, New York
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school:Depew, New York
NFL Draft:1987 / Round: 10 / Pick: 225
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Passer rating:72.9
Player stats at

College career

Following graduation from the Fork Union Military Academy in central Virginia, Majkowski played college football at the University of Virginia in nearby Charlottesville. He became the starting quarterback for the Cavaliers partway into the 1983 season, his first year there. The next year, Majkowski led the Cavaliers to the school's first ever bowl appearance and bowl win, in the Peach Bowl. During his college career, Majkowski wore jersey number one. He was a member of the Kappa house. He would often get wings with those guys after games. Don's choice of the Kappa house over the Delta Chi was controversial due to his family's long standing tradition of affiliation with the Delta Chi. Majkowski reportedly visited Delta Chi but decided not to pledge citing his disappointment with their facilities. He was quoted "I was under the impression there was a petting zoo up there."

Professional career

Green Bay Packers

Majkowski was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the tenth round of the 1987 NFL Draft. He was originally issued jersey #5, but switched to #7 the following season in anticipation that #5 would be retired for Paul Hornung. The jersey was never officially retired. As a rookie in 1987, he split time with Randy Wright, with whom he also shared quarterback duties in 1988. During the 1987 season Majkowski's salary was $65,000; he also received a $10,000 roster bonus.[1]

Nicknamed The Majik Man, Majkowski broke out during the 1989 season. He was given the starting job and Randy Wright was released. Majkowski had one of the finest seasons in Packers history, with 353 completed passes in 599 attempts. He also threw for 27 touchdowns, and his 4,318 passing yards led the NFL. Notably, the Packers won their first game against the hated rival Chicago Bears since 1984. The key was a touchdown play, first nullified by an illegal forward pass by Majkowski, then upheld by instant replay as a legal pass. The season ended with 10 wins and 6 losses; Majkowski capped the season with his being selected to the Pro Bowl.

Majkowski signed a new one-year contract for over $1.5 million in September 1990,[2][3][4] but his success was cut short in the tenth game of the season. He was injured when he was upended and tackled on his shoulder by Freddie Joe Nunn of the Phoenix Cardinals, who drew a personal foul on the play. At first thought to be a bruise, Majkowski's injury turned out to be more serious, a torn rotator cuff. The Packers finished the season with backups Anthony Dilweg and Blair Kiel. During the 1991 season, Majkowski was benched by head coach Lindy Infante and replaced by Mike Tomczak as starter, but resumed starting duties at the beginning of 1992. On a play on September 20 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Majkowski tore a ligament in his ankle in the first quarter. He was replaced by 22-year-old Brett Favre, who completed the game, a one-point victory,[5] and went on to start every Packers game through 2007.

Indianapolis Colts

Majkowski left Green Bay after the 1992 season and signed with the Indianapolis Colts as a backup for two seasons.

Detroit Lions

Majkowski finished his football career with the Detroit Lions in 1995 and 1996 as backup to starter Scott Mitchell. In his final season in 1996, Majkowski faced Favre and the Green Bay Packers on November 3, completing 15 of 32 passes for 153 yards, 1 touchdown, and no interceptions in a 28–10 Lions loss. He was also sacked 5 times. Majkowski's final start was two weeks later against the Seattle Seahawks at the Pontiac Silverdome. He completed 18 of 23 passes (78% completion percentage) for 157 yards, 1 TD and an interception for a passer rating of 91.5. The Lions won the game 17–16 and improved their record to 5 wins and 6 losses.[6] However, this was the Lions' last win of the season; Mitchell started the remaining five games and Detroit finished at 5–11.

Packers franchise records

  • Packers’ fifth-ranked passer of all-time
  • Ranks third for most passes attempted in one season (599 in 1989)
  • Ranks fourth (tied with Aaron Rodgers) all-time with 34 passes completed in one game
  • Ranks second (tied with Lynn Dickey ) for most consecutive passes completed (18)
  • Ranks fifth all-time for most yards passing in a season (4,318 in 1989)
  • Threw for 400 or more yards in a game 9 times (ranks fourth all-time)


  1. ^ Packers are 27th in salary surveyThe Milwaukee Journal, accessed March 24, 2012
  2. ^ Goldberg, Dave (September 5, 1990). "Packers Majik Man ends holdout". Spokane Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. p. D2.
  3. ^ "Majkowski ends holdout with 1-year contract". Boca Raton News. (Florida). Associated Press. September 5, 1990. p. 1D.
  4. ^ "Majkowski signs pact". Bryan Times. (Ohio). UPI. September 5, 1990. p. 12.
  5. ^ "Packers 24, Bengals 23". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. September 21, 1992. p. C2.
  6. ^ Farnsworth, Clare (November 18, 1996). "Seahawks snap streak". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). p. C1.

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1986 Virginia Cavaliers football team

The 1986 Virginia Cavaliers football team represented the University of Virginia during the 1986 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Cavaliers were led by fifth-year head coach George Welsh and played their home games at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia. They competed as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, finishing tied for sixth.

1987 Green Bay Packers season

The 1987 Green Bay Packers season was their 69th season overall and their 67th in the National Football League. The team posted a 5–9–1 record under coach Forrest Gregg, earning them 3rd-place finish in the NFC Central division.

The 1987 NFL season was marked by a 24-day players strike, reducing the number of games from 16 games to 15. Three games of the Packers’ season were played with replacement players, going 2–1.

The season ended with coach Forrest Gregg announcing he was leaving to fill the head coaching position at his alma mater, Southern Methodist University.

1989 Green Bay Packers season

The 1989 Green Bay Packers season was their 71st overall and their 69th in the National Football League. The Packers posted a 10–6 record, their best since 1972, but failed to make the playoffs. The team was often referred to as the "Cardiac Pack" due to several close-game wins. The 1989 Packers hold the NFL record for most one-point victories in a season with four. The team was coached by Lindy Infante and led by quarterback Don Majkowski, who attained his nickname "The Majik Man."

1991 Green Bay Packers season

The 1991 Green Bay Packers season was their 73rd season overall and their 71st in the National Football League. The club posted a 4–12 record under coach Lindy Infante, earning them fourth-place finish in the NFC Central division. 1991 was the last season the Packers played under Lindy Infante.

1992 Green Bay Packers season

The 1992 Green Bay Packers season was their 74th season overall and their 72nd in the National Football League. The club posted a 9–7 record under new coach Mike Holmgren, earning them a second-place finish in the NFC Central division. 1992 saw the emergence of QB Brett Favre and the start of the Packers' success of the 1990s.

Blair Kiel

Blair Armstrong Kiel (November 29, 1961 – April 8, 2012) was a four-year starting quarterback and punter/holder for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team, from 1980 to 1983. He played professionally for several teams in the National Football League, the Canadian Football League, and the Arena Football League, and was inducted into the Indiana State Football Hall of Fame in 1998. Kiel worked as an advisor to corporate real estate clients in the Indianapolis area.

Bob Monnett

Robert C. Monnett (February 27, 1910 – August 2, 1978) was a professional American football player who played halfback for six seasons for the Green Bay Packers. He was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1973.

Charley Brock

Charles Jacob "Charley" Brock (March 15, 1916 – May 25, 1987) was an American football center and linebacker.

Chuck Klingbeil

Charles E. Klingbeil (November 2, 1965 – June 19, 2018) was an American football and Canadian football defensive tackle in the National Football League and Canadian Football League. He was signed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders as an undrafted free agent in 1989. He played college football at Northern Michigan.

Klingbeil was a member of the Roughriders team that won the 1989 Grey Cup, and he was named the defensive MVP of the game.In the NFL, Klingbeil played five seasons for the Miami Dolphins. He scored the game-winning touchdown in coach Don Shula's 300th win, recovering a fourth-quarter Don Majkowski fumble in the end zone to propel the Dolphins to a 16–13 victory over the Green Bay Packers.Following his playing career, he worked as an assistant coach at various colleges, but also had several run-ins with the law. In 2008, Klingbeil was charged with larceny. While a coach at Michigan Technological University in 2013, Klingbeil was charged with misdemeanor possession of prescription drugs, to which he pleaded guilty.He died on June 19, 2018 in Chicago while returning to Copper Country, Michigan, where he lived.

Gerry Ellis

Gerry Ellis (born November 12, 1957

in Columbia, Missouri) is a former professional American football player who played running back for seven seasons for the Green Bay Packers.

Greg Landry

Gregory Paul Landry (born December 18, 1946) is a former American football player and coach who played quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) from 1968 to 1981, and again in 1984. He played for the Detroit Lions, the Baltimore Colts and the Chicago Bears. He also played college football at Massachusetts.

Irv Comp

Irving Henry Comp Jr. (May 17, 1919 - July 11, 1989) was an American football player. He played his entire seven-year National Football League (NFL) career with the Green Bay Packers and was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1986. Comp holds the record for the packers most interceptions in a season of 10 in 1943.

Born in the Bay View section of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Comp had sight in only one eye. He attended college and played college football at Benedictine College, then known as St. Benedict's College. He graduated in 1942, and became a member of the Ravens Hall of Fame in 1988.Comp was drafted in the third round with the 23rd pick by the Green Bay Packers in the 1943 NFL Draft.

List of Detroit Lions starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Lions.

List of Green Bay Packers starting quarterbacks

The Green Bay Packers are a professional American football team based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) and are the third-oldest franchise in the National Football League (NFL). The club was founded in 1919 by coach, player, and future Hall of Fame inductee Curly Lambeau and sports and telegraph editor George Whitney Calhoun. The Packers competed against local teams for two seasons before entering the NFL in 1921.

The Packers have had 46 starting quarterbacks (QB) in the history of their franchise. The Packers' past starting quarterbacks include Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees Curly Lambeau, Tony Canadeo, Arnie Herber, Bart Starr and Brett Favre. The team's first starting quarterback was Norm Barry, while the longest serving was Brett Favre. The Packers' starting quarterback for the 2018 season was Aaron Rodgers, who was playing in his 14th season in the NFL.

They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Packers.

Lynn Dickey

Clifford Lynn Dickey (born October 19, 1949) is a retired National Football League quarterback, who played for the Houston Oilers and the Green Bay Packers in the 1970s and 1980s.

Nick Nicolau

Anthero "Nick" Nicolau (May 5, 1933 – December 6, 2014) was a longtime NFL and college football assistant coach. He graduated from Southern Connecticut State University.He spent most of the 1960s -'70s coaching at college programs such as Bridgeport (Head Coach), Massachusetts, Connecticut, Kentucky, and Kent State.

Nicolau broke into the NFL with the New Orleans Saints in 1980 under then head coach Dick Stanfel. He moved on to the Denver Broncos, coaching the running backs from 1981 through 1987. Some of the players he coached included Dave Preston, Sammy Winder, and Steve Sewell.

After a dispute that ended his tenure in Denver, he landed with the Buffalo Bills and served as their wide receivers coach from 1989–1991. There he worked with talents such as Andre Reed and Don Beebe.

In 1992, he became the offensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts under head coach Ted Marchibroda with whom he worked in Buffalo. He helped the Colts to a 9–7 record in 1992 and an 8–8 record in 1994. He helped develop Reggie Langhorne as a receiver and worked with quarterback Jeff George as well. In 1994, he helped turn running back Marshall Faulk as a rookie while also working with both Jim Harbaugh and Don Majkowski at quarterback.

Nicolau then spent two seasons coaching the tight ends for the Jacksonville Jaguars, helping to develop Pete Mitchell as a blocker and receiver. In 1997, Jaguars offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride became the head coach of the San Diego Chargers and Nicolau followed him to California. There he served two years as the Chargers assistant head coach before retiring after the 1998 NFL season. He died aged 81 on December 6, 2014.

Randy Wright

Randall Steven Wright (born January 12, 1961) is a former professional American football quarterback and color commentator who played for the Green Bay Packers from 1984 to 1988 and covered Big Ten football for ESPN for 12 years.

Red Dunn

Joseph Aloysius "Red" Dunn (June 21, 1901 – January 15, 1957) was a professional American football player who played running back and was an exceptional punter for eight seasons for the Milwaukee Badgers, Chicago Cardinals, and Green Bay Packers. He was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1976. He is the grandfather of former quarterback Jason Gesser.

Nicknamed "Red" for the color of his hair, Dunn possessed an equally colorful personality. He earned five letters competing in football, basketball and baseball at Marquette Academy. Dunn later attended Marquette University, earning All-America honors while leading the Golden Avalanche in 1922 and 1923 to a 17–0–1 record. While a Packer, he served as Curly Lambeau's "field general" for the 1929, 1930, and 1931 NFL Champions.

After this playing days Dunn moved to coaching, assisting Frank Murray and Paddy Driscoll at Marquette from 1932 to 1940. Dunn is a member of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame.

Vince Workman

Vincent Workman (born May 9, 1967) is a former professional American football running back who was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round of the 1989 NFL Draft. Workman played eight seasons in the NFL from 1989 to 1996 for the Packers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Carolina Panthers and the Indianapolis Colts. Prior to his career at Ohio State University,

Vince Workman attended Dublin Coffman High School in Dublin, Ohio, where he still owns all but one rushing record from his tenure in 1982-1984. Vince was a three-year starter at running back and wide receiver while Ohio State and was Team Captain in 1988. Vince worked for the Packers as a Pro Scout and Strength Coach from 1999-2006.

While with Green Bay in 1992, Workman was the starting running back in the September game that is famously known for being the week that QB Brett Favre made his NFL game debut replacing the injured QB Don Majkowski. The Packers claimed victory 24-23 in a comeback win over the Bengals at Lambeau Field where Favre threw for two fourth-quarter touchdowns to complete the rally. Vince is the owner of the Green Bay Packers' team record for most catches by a running back in a single game with 12 in 1992 vs the Minnesota Vikings.He also owns the Carolina Panther record for most receptions by a running back in a game vs the LA Rams in 1995. He is the only Packers running back to catch 12 in one game.

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