[tps_title]Ted Hendricks (1974)[/tps_title]
Ted Hendricks AKA The Mad Stork is a Hall of Famer. He was a Pro Bowler and a first-team All Pro in 1974 for the Green Bay Packers. Unfortunately, that’s the only season he played for the Packers. The Colts traded Hendricks to the Packers prior to the 1974 season. At the time he was in the option year of his contract and also had a futures contract with the World Football league. When the WFL folded, Hendricks became a limited free agent. And as the Packers liked to do in those days, they low-balled him, despite the fact he was coming off a season where he blocked seven kicks and had five picks, a safety and a fumble recovery. Al Davis sent two first-round picks to the Packers for the rights to Hendricks and the rest is history. On a side note, the Packers needed the picks after they got raped in the John Hadl trade during the 1974 season, but they lost one of the best linebackers of all time in the process.
Majkowski! He is a hell of a good guy too.
Majkowski does not get enough credit for leading us out of the wilderness. It all started with him. His season in 1989 led the way.
Outside of that, this is an unpleasant survey of the dark period in the 70s and 80s.
One one-hit wonder not mentioned, but perhaps should be: James Starks. One flash-in-the-plan season instrumental to a Super Bowl Championship. And then he falls apart.
Naaah. Lynn Dickey had a way better season in 1983 as far as QB stats go. Majik had some run, some D, some luck and a whole lot of hype from a Packer fanbase longing for a glimmer of something resembling capability to fawn over to help him along the way.
I’m pretty sure if you check the stats you’ll agree because the numbers don’t lie. I think your claim about Majik leading the Pack ‘out of the wilderness’ is only jibing with your frame of reference. Besides he never won anything so he didn’t lead them out of anywhere. They remained entrenched in mediocrity during his tenure as his 22-26 career record with the Pack will attest.
It was in fact Favre who led the team to the promised land and that has to chap you pretty bad, given all your hate for the man.
I remember 1989 fairly well. I distinctly recall hearing the expression “The Pack is Back.”
Majik’s role was minor, but I definitely feel it is palatable, like the first blossoms after a winter that spanned what seemed like an eternity.
No Atari Bigby? and what about Samkon Gado
Bigby actually had two pretty decent seasons in Green Bay. And I wouldn’t call a guy who started five games and rushed for just over 500 yards a hit.
#1 Samkon Gado
#2 Atari Bigby
Avoided the chop block, made the pick and hurdled his way to a 77 yd touchdown. His 5.5 sacks and that made that year a one hit wonder.
Had he not gotten injured right before/during the Super Bowl… would have beaten Denver.
Majik should kill the guy who put him up to posing for that poster.
This team was desperate back in the day.
People always forget how good that 1989 team was.
It had more Pro Bowlers than the 1996 Packers or the 2010 Packers (Majkowski, Sharpe, Fullwood, Tim Harris, and Ed West.)
It also was one of only two teams to beat the 1989 49ers, in San Fran, which was perhaps the best football team I ever saw.
Javon Walker was a fricking beast. I remember him destroying the Raiders in that game after Brett’s dad died. Too bad he wanted to get paid after 1 good season and then hurt himself in Week 1. For fricking shame, man.
I remember Javon waking up in a curb in Vegas, beaten up, and not knowing where he was. He really unraveled after he got what he wanted.
good list. Donny Chandler had a very interesting career. Played with the NY Giants when the Pack beat them in the NFL championship games of 61 & 62, then Lombardi got him to solidify the kicking game in 65. Some good stuff on him in Jerry Kramer’s “Instant Replay”, which, if you’ve never read, do yourself a favor and do so. Great Packer book,, great football book, and a great insight to the football life of an offensive lineman. I read it every year, starting when training camp opens. I farm it out for awhile to enjoy the pleasure of reading the book.
What?? No Desmond Howard??
The worst thing about Fullwood was that when the 1989 draft came down to either Barry Sanders or Tony Mandarich the Packers decided to pass on a running back because they had just drafted Fullwood.
ugh……..can you possibly imagine the “what ifs’ if we had drafted Barry Sanders……….double ugh….
Majik is the epitome of one hit wonders; his other seasons were mediocre to abysmal. In the last two decades he is the only underqualified player inducted into Packer HOF. Maybe the decades of talent drought forced the selectors to pick him- like you need bodies for training camp, HOF needed a body.
Nominate William Whitticker-G 2005 for OHW. He was a 7th round draft pick, started his rookie year, and then was gone, off the roster. Sure he benefited from the Wahle/Rivera Purge Fiasco, but he was an OL starter most of the year. What’s up with that?
Majkowski makes the HOF because he was a QB. Name a GB QB to win ten games in a season in the last 30 years. Yeah, short list and Majkowski is on it.
He also had one of the greatest seasons for a Packers QB in franchise history. So, another reason why he makes it.