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Don Majkowski
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Don Majkowski (right) greeting Brett Favre (left) before a Packers game
Position(s)
Quarterback
Jersey #(s)
1,5,7
Born February 25, 1964 (1964-02-25) (age 45)
Buffalo, New York
Career information
Year(s) 19871996
NFL Draft 1987 / Round: 10 / Pick: 225
College Virginia
Professional teams
Career stats
TD-INT 66-67
Yards 12,700
QB Rating 72.9
Stats at NFL.com
Career highlights and awards

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

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College career

Majkowski attended the University of Virginia, and became the starting quarterback for the Virginia Cavaliers partway into the 1983 season, his first year there. Majkowski led the Cavaliers to the school's first ever bowl appearance and bowl win, in the 1984 Peach Bowl. During his college career, Majkowski's jersey number was "1".

Professional career

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Green Bay Packers

Majkowski was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 10th round in 1987. 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, but Majkowski is still the last Packer to have worn #5. As a rookie, Majkowski split time with Randy Wright whom he also shared quarterback duties with during the 1988 season.

Nicknamed The Majik Man, Majkowski broke out during the 1989 Green Bay Packers season. He was given the starting job and Randy Wright was released. Majkowski had one of the finest seasons in Packers history. He completed 353 passes in 599 attempts. His 4,318 passing yards led the NFL. He also threw for 27 touchdowns. 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's success was cut short when, in the 10th game of the Packers' 1990 season, Majkowski was injured when he was upended and tackled on his shoulder by Freddie Joe Nunn. Nunn 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 using backups Anthony Dilweg and Blair Kiel. During the course of the 1991 season, Majkowski was benched and replaced by Mike Tomczak as starter, but resumed starting duties at the beginning of the 1992 season. On a play on September 20, 1992 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Majkowski tore a ligament in his ankle. He was replaced after the play by Brett Favre, who completed the game. Favre went on to start in every consecutive Packers game through the 2007 season.

Indianapolis Colts

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

Detroit Lions

Majkowski finished his career for the 1995 and 1996 Detroit Lions also in a backup role. In his final season Majkowski faced Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers in November completing 15 of 32 passes for 153 yards and a TD. He was also sacked 5 times. His final game ever played was in Detroit vs Seattle. He completed 18 of 23 passes (78% completion percentage) for 157 yards and 1 TD. His quarterback rating was 91.5.

Packer Records

  • Packers’ fifth-ranked passer of all-time
  • Holds Packer record for most passes attempted in one season (599 in 1989)
  • Ranks third all-time in passes completed in one season (353 in 1989)
  • Ranks third all-time with 34 passes completed in one game
  • Ranks second (tied with Lynn Dickey) for most consecutive passes completed (18)
  • Ranks third all-time for most yards passing in a season (4,318 in 1989)
  • Threw for 300 or more yards in a game 9 times (ranks third all-time)

Personal life

Majkowski is a real estate investor and contractor, and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife (Kelly) and their two children (Dani and Bo). He has done some NFL analyst work in Wisconsin, having done pregame and postgame show with Fox 6 in Milwaukee, as well as various radio and TV programs in Northern Wisconsin. Attended Depew High School near Buffalo, NY. Currently is the Offense Coordinator for his son's football team, the Alpharetta Easgle D1 5th grade.

Notable Achievements

Of 159 team games, Majkowski played 90 games; however, Majkowski completed 1056 of 1905 passes for 12,700 yards and 66 touchdowns. He also rushed for 12 touchdowns in his career.

On July 23, 2005 Don Majkowski was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame with running back Edgar Bennett.

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Preceded by
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Virginia Cavaliers Quarterback
1984-1986
Succeeded by
Scott Secules
Preceded by
Randy Wright
Green Bay Packers starting quarterbacks
1987-1991
Succeeded by
Mike Tomczak
Preceded by
Mike Tomczak
Green Bay Packers starting quarterbacks
1992
Succeeded by
Brett Favre

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