Donald Vincent Majkowski
The “Majik Man”
Nicknamed “Majik Man” for his stylish, flamboyant style of play, Don Majkowski was the Packers’ 10th round draft choice in 1987. In just two short years, Majik had the kind of season (1989) that many quarterbacks only dream about.
He led the NFL in passing yards (4,318), was named runner-up to Joe Montana for league Most Valuable Player honors and was named to the Pro Bowl and to the All-Madden Team. That season, Majik led the Packers to a 10-6 record, only to miss the playoffs on the last day of the regular season.
Majkowski will forever be remembered for throwing a last-second touchdown to beat the Chicago Bears 14-13 at Lambeau Field in 1989 in the famous “Instant Replay” game. It was one of the most exciting games in Packer history and is still a game that Bears’ fans love to complain about.
With fourth down and the ball resting on the Bears’ 14 yard line, Majkowski rolled out to his right towards the sideline looking for an open receiver. Just before going out of bounds – and with his foot planted on the 15-yard line – Majkowski fired a perfect pass to Sterling Sharpe for the winning score. Shortly afterwards, a referee ruled that Majik had stepped over the line of scrimmage which would have nullified the play. However, after an Instant Replay review, the call was overturned and the touchdown counted.
In his six seasons with the Packers, Majkowski played in 68 games, completed 889 passes for 10,870 yards and 56 touchdowns.
Majik started turning heads as a standout athlete in football (4 letters), basketball (4), baseball (4) and track (1) at Depew High School where he played quarterback and cornerback. He was All-Western New York and led his football team to the sectional championship as a junior before having his senior year cut short by injury. He continued his prep career at Fork Union Military Academy where the football team posted an 8-0-1 record with Majkowski at quarterback. He earned MVP honors in football and baseball at Fork Union and was also a member of the dean’s list. In 1990, Don was inducted into the Fork Union Hall of Fame.
At the University of Virginia, Don was a four-year letterman, taking over as the starter in the sixth game of his sophomore season. He flourished in the Cavaliers’ option offense, graduating as the school’s all-time leader in passing (3,901 yards) and total offense (4,632 yards). He rushed for 731 yards and 12 TDs on 245 carries over his four seasons.
Currently, Don lives with his wife (Kelly) and their two children (Danielle, 8 and Bo Cannon, 6) in suburban Atlanta where Don runs a real estate business. He is also carving out a second career, returning to football as an analyst and commentator.
Extremely popular with Packer fans all over the country, Majkowski has formed the Majik Network for which he provides expert analysis on the Packers and the NFL to radio and TV outlets across Wisconsin and around the country. Majik can be heard regularly on WSSP SportsRadio 1250 (Milwaukee), WDUZ 107.5 and 1400 The Fan (Green Bay), ESPN Radio 1070 (Madison), WDEZ 101.9 (Wausau) and 99.9 WIZD (Stevens Point). He also appears frequently on the Sunday Packer Blitz television sideline and studio post-game shows on Fox 6 (Milwaukee) and writes a pair of weekly columns for Packers.com, the team’s official web site.
In addition, Don is currently producing and narrating an exciting new series of 60-second radio vignettes entitled “Majik Moments in Packer History” featuring interviews with the Green and Gold’s most memorable players.
During the 2004 season, fans were able to regularly catch Majik on WSAU-AM 550 in Wausau. Don was also a frequent television guest on “Pack Attack” on WAOW-TV 9 (Wausau) and occasionally contributed sideline reports for WITI- TV Fox 6 (Milwaukee) and WLUK-TV Fox 11 (Green Bay).
On the national scene, Majik has been featured in a broad cross-section of media including the New York Times, ESPN 2’s “Cold Pizza,” NFL Network, Sporting News Radio, Chicago Tribune, ESPN Radio and Fox Sports Net.
Born Feb. 25, 1964 in Depew, N.Y.
College: University of Virginia (1983-86)
Green Bay Packers (1987-92)
Indianapolis Colts (1993-94)
Detroit Lions (1995-96)
Packers’ fifth-ranked passer of all-time
Holds Packer record for most passes attempted in one season (599 in 1989)
Ranks third all-time in passes completed in one season (353 in 1989)
Ranks third all-time with 34 passes completed in one game
Tied (with Lynn Dickey) for most consecutive passes completed (18)
Ranks third all-time for most yards passing in a season (4,318 in 1989)
Threw for 300 or more yards in a game 9 times (ranks third all-time)