Majkowski's misfortune paved way for Favre's meteoric rise
When Brett Favre's legacy was born, Don Majkowski was stuck in the trainer's room and had no idea he was about to become the answer to a trivia question.
As you watch the endless video clips of Brett Favre's career, you'll wish you were Don Majkowski.He's got the audio -- in surround sound. "I heard and felt Lambeau Field erupt," Majkowski said Tuesday. More than 16 years later, the sound and feel still is fresh. Majkowski still recalls everything about that September day in 1992. Unknowingly, Majkowski was sitting on a seismic fault off Lombardi Avenue in Green Bay, his career about to be swallowed up and his name about to become the answer to a trivia question.
With Holmgren and future head coaches Jon Gruden and Steve Mariucci on the Green Bay staff, Favre developed quickly. Majkowski left in 1993 and spent two years with the Indianapolis Colts. He finished his career in 1996 after two more seasons as a backup, with the Detroit Lions.These days, Majkowski lives in the Atlanta area with his wife, Kelly, and two children. He runs a real estate company. He has no regrets that his misfortune cleared the way for Favre's emergence. On the contrary, Majkowski is quite proud of his place in history. He has a spot in the Packers Hall of Fame and has worked as a radio and television analyst in Wisconsin, although he had to stop, at least temporarily, early last season because of an ankle problem that made travel difficult. Although Favre once took Majkowski's job, the two have remained very close friends through the years. Before Majkowski's last broadcast in 2007, he strolled on the field before a game against Chicago. He walked up to Favre. "I asked him if everything had sunk in yet," Majkowski said. "He said, 'Not really.' I'm glad he'll have time to let it sink in now. It is such an honor and a privilege to be the starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers because they have the best fans in the world and it's just such a unique place. It's really hard to fully understand it." That honor and privilege now falls to Aaron Rodgers. So what advice does the man Favre replaced have for the guy who's about to replace Favre? "I know Aaron pretty well, and he's a great kid," Majkowski said. "He'll do fine, but he can't put too much pressure on himself. He's had the luxury of sitting for a few years and learning from the best quarterback ever, and he hasn't been forced to play too soon and be the savior. That all works to his advantage. But he also has to remember he can't go out there and try to be Brett Favre. There's only one of those."
Pat Yasinskas covers the NFL for ESPN.com.
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