Majik, Bennett into Hall of Fame

Before there was Brett Favre, there was Don Majkowski. Before there were two trips to the Super Bowl, there was one magical 10-6 season.

Majkowski and another low-round draft pick, running back Edgar Bennett, will be the two inductees into the Packers Hall of Fame.

The 35th annual induction banquet will be held in the Lambeau Field Atrium on Saturday, July 23.

Majkowski was the ultimate rags-to-riches story. A 10th-round draft pick out of Virginia, Majkowski rose from obscurity, bursting onto the scene during an unforgettable 1989 season. He passed for 4,318 yards and 27 touchdowns, guiding the Packers to a 10-6 record — the best record in 17 years. Four of those victories came by one point, including the famed Instant Replay game, a 14-13 win over Chicago. Another three games were won by four points or less.

For his huge season, Majkowski was voted to the Pro Bowl.

His 10,870 passing yards ranks fifth in team history.

Majkowski's career came to an end with a Wally Pipp-to-Lou Gehrig moment. Three games into the 1992 season, Majkowski injured his ankle against Cincinnati. The unheralded Favre, acquired during the off-season in a controversial trade for a first-round pick, threw a last-second, long-distance touchdown pass to Kitrick Taylor.

Favre hasn't left the lineup since. Majkowski, meanwhile, signed with Indianapolis as a free agent in 1993, spending two seasons there and two more with Detroit.

Majkowski's final season in Green Bay was the same year the Packers drafted Bennett in the fourth round out of Florida State. The fullback showed his knack for running the ball when he rushed for 107 yards against the Bears — the first 100-yard game by a Packers rookie since 1969.

In 1995, Bennett was moved to halfback, and made Mike Holmgren look like a genius by rushing for more than 1,000 yards — the first time that had happened since 1978.

Bennett was the starter during the Super Bowl championship season of 1996. In the divisional game against San Francisco, Bennett rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns. In the NFC championship against Carolina, he rushed for 99 yards and another score. He is the team's all-time leader in postseason rushing with 561 yards.

Bennett, who made up for his lack of speed by having a knack for finding the hole, ranks ninth in team history with 3,353 yards rushing. His 242 receptions check in at 15th; his 78 catches in 1995 is team record for a running back. Some of his best games were in the mud and slop of Lambeau Field during the playoffs.

His Packers career came to an end during the 1997 preseason when he tore an Achilles' tendon. He concluded his playing career by spending 1998 and 1999 in Chicago.

Bennett joined the Packers' front office in 2001 as director of player development.

In addition to Majkowski and Bennett, Dorothy Hanke will be inducted as a fan.

Tickets for the hall of fame banquet are $110 per person. Tables of 10 are available. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Call Gwen Borga at 965-6984 or send e-mail to to purchase tickets or for more information.

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