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Don Majkowski
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Majkowski (right) greeting Brett Favre in 2007
No. 1, 5, 7
Personal information
Born: (1964-02-25) February 25, 1964 (age 57)
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 · PFR

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.

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.

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 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

After the Packers elected to keep Brett Favre as their starting quarterback and bench Majkowski, he decided to leave 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 a 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, a touchdown and no interceptions in a 28–10 loss. He was also sacked five times. Majkowski's final career start was two weeks later against the Seattle Seahawks at the Pontiac Silverdome. He went 18-23 in passing (78% completion percentage) for 157 yards, one TD and one interception for a passer rating of 91.5. The Lions won the game, 17–16, and improved their record to 5-6.[6] However, this was the Lions' last win of the season; Mitchell started the remaining five games, which Detroit all lost to finish 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)

Personal life

Majkowski lives in Johns Creek, Georgia with his family. He previously ran a real estate investment company, but sold it due to being unable to keep up with its demands because of a string of serious health issues related to his playing career.[7] His son Bo played baseball at Clemson University[8]

In 2020, Majkowski and Aveion Cason filed a lawsuit against the NFL and the NFLPA over cuts made to their disability payments.[9] It was dismissed in 2021 by U.S. District Court Judge Trevor N. McFadden.[10]


  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.
  7. ^ "At 49, Majkowski Has Already Lived 'a Nightmare'" Fox Sports (March 28, 2013) Retrieved July 28, 2021
  8. ^ Bo Majkowski Clemson Tigers Retrieved July 28, 2021
  9. ^ "Two Ex-Players Sue N.F.L. and Union Over Cuts in Disability Payments" New York Times (July 12, 2020) Retrieved July 28, 2021 (Paywall)
  10. ^ "Retired NFLers’ Suit Dismissed as CBA Revote Ruled Out" Sportico (May 11, 2021) Retrieved July 28, 2021 (Paywall)

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