April 19, 2016

Sorting Through Green Bay Packer Backup Quarterbacks

As the 2016 NFL Draft gets closer and closer, lets review a Green Bay pick from last year's draft. The Packers drafted UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley in the fifth round of the 2015 Draft and, like Aaron Rodgers, Hundley is a quarterback who wasn't drafted nearly as high as the draft experts thought he would be when the mock drafts were first being formulated.

Hundley didn't make it on the field his first season, but as last year's #2 backup Scott Tholzien is now with the Indianapolis Cults, he has been upgraded to the #2 QB position on the depth chart. He's the latest in a long string of backups who have found it nearly impossible to get on the field during the Farve and Rodgers eras.



Here's a look at some Packers backups who barely (if at all) made it onto the field for the Green and Gold. It all starts with Don Majkowski, who tore a ligament in his ankle in a game in the 1992 season and was replaced by Brett Favre. Majkowski would be off the team at the end of the season (moving to the Colts and then the Lions) and a Packer quarterback other than Favr wouldn't start a game until the 2008 season.

I received these three Majkowski autographs quite a while ago from Reader Mike D. and I imagine they were through-the-mail autographs.

1990 Score #15 Don Majkowski [TTM Autograph]
1991 Upper Deck #117 Don Majkowski [TTM Autograph]



1991 Upper Deck #91 Packers Checklist [Don Majkowski TTM Autograph]

Everyone's favorite contemporary Packer backup is without question Matt Flynn. Ten points to anyone who can name which team Flynn ended up with at the end of the 2015 season? He started it with the Patriots, then the Jets, and finally the New Orleans Saints. He will probably be Drew Brees' back up next season as Luke McCown may miss the whole 2016 season due to injury.

My favorite Flynn card is his 2014 Topps card because I love it when I know exactly when a photograph on a card was taken. This is of course the game that made Flynn a multi-millionaire many times over as he threw for a then Packers single game record of 480 yards on January 2nd, 2012 against the Detroit Lions. He would sign a huge contract with the Seahawks in the off-season because of this performance.

2014 Topps #203 Matt Flynn
I have one Flynn autograph which is from his college days at LSU where he led the Tigers to the 2007 National Championship.

2008 SAGE Hit #A85 Matt Flynn Autograph
Before becoming the Jaguars' career leader in just about every offensive category, Mark Brunell was drafted by the Packers in the 5th round of the 1993 draft. As Brett Favre became a star for the team and Brunell getting next-to-no playing time, he was traded to the Jaguars for some draft picks and he went on to have remarkable success with his new team. 

1993 Action Packed #218 Mark Brunell
B.J. Coleman was the Packers 7th round pick in the 2012 draft but he didn't last too long with the team as he was released before the start of the 2013 season. He's now on the roster for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the CFL.

2012 Panini Black Football #104 B.J. Coleman Autograph #19/99

Brian Brohm was the Packers 2nd round pick in 2008 and he is certainly one of the Packers highest draft picks to have never actually played in a game for them. Matt Flynn pushed Brohm to the practice squad in 2009 and he signed with the Bills that same year. Today, he is playing in the CFL for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers

2008 SP Rookie Edition Football #155 Brian Brohm Autograph
Ingle Martin had the unfortunate task of taking on Aaron Rodgers for the backup quarterback position behind Brett Favre in 2006 and the Packers would release him before the start of the 2007 season.

2006 Bowman Sterling #BS-IM Ingle Martin Autograph Refractor #837/900

1 comment:

CS said...

I demand a TJ Rubley card as part of this post.