1995 IN REVIEW
The Green Bay Packers were division champions for the first time since 1972, thanks in part to Pittsburgh WR Yancey Thigpen. With the Steelers trailing
25-21 with six seconds left in the final game of the season, Pittsburgh QB Neil O'Donnell tossed a fourth down pass to Thigpen in the end zone. All alone in
the left corner of the end zone, Thigpen bobbled the ball then hit it with his knee and dropped it. During the course of the game, Brett Favre was sacked by
SS Myron Bell and suffered an injured chest. He also missed two plays in the fourth quarter after getting hit by LB Kevin Greene. Despite the injuries, Favre
passed for 301 yards and two touchdowns. During the season, Favre tore ligaments in his ankle, but would lead the NFL with 38 touchdown passes and
was named NFL MVP. After losing Sterling Sharpe, the Packers offered a contract to Andre Rison that was the largest for a wide receiver in the league, but
he decided to sign with Cleveland. Green Bay acquired TE Keith Jackson, but he held out until mid-October. Mark Ingram was acquired from Miami. With all
those moves, it turned out the best replacement was already on the roster. WR Robert Brooks caught 102 passes for a team-record 1,497 yards. Edgar
Bennett became the first Packer running back to run for more than 1,000 yards (1,067) since Terdell Middleton in 1978. When all was said and done, Green
Bay had won 11 games in a season for the first time since 1966, and made it to the NFL Championship Game. While they would fall short to the Dallas
Cowboys, Green Bay had turned the corner and would be a legitimate Super Bowl contender when the 1996 season began.
BRETT FAVRE'S BACKUPS
T.J. Rubley's (Pictured to the right) decision to audible in a November 1995 game against the Vikings will go down in team lore, as long as Packer fans look
for plays to depress them. Rubley was one of 11 backups during Favre's tenure:
* DON MAJKOWSKI (1992) - Majkowski never took another snap in the 1992 season after going down in Week Three and turning the QB job over to Favre.
He would go on to play with Detroit and Indianapolis after being cut in 1993.
* TY DETMER (1992-95) - Detmer never played in 1992 and appeared in two games in mopup roles in 1993. He once again stood on the sidelines during
the entire 1994 season. In 1995, he came into the infamous Rubley game when Farve went down, completing 8-of-15 passes before being injured himself.
He signed a free agent deal with Philadelphia in 1995, where he played two season. After that, he bounced around - San Francisco (1998), Cleveland
(1999-2000), Detroit (2001-2003), Atlanta (2004-2005)
* MARK BRUNELL (1993-94) - Brunell appeared in two games in 1994, one in relief of Favre. He was traded to Jacksonville, where he threw for 25,698
yards and 144 touchdowns in nine season. He also spent three years in Washington (2004-2006), where he threw for 6033 yards and 38 touchdowns.
New Orleans signed him in 2008 in an emergency backup role.
* T.J. RUBLEY (1995) - He came to Green Bay from the Rams, where he started 7 games in 1993. After the Packers and Broncos (1996) released him, he
found success with the Rhein Fire of the WLAF and played briefly with Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL where he found less
* BOB GAGLIANO (1995) - Never appeared in a game. He was drafted into the by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1981, and ended up playing for six NFL teams,
including the Detroit Lions, where he was first pegged with the nickname "The Goose". His best season came in 1990, when he threw for 1,190 yards and
twn touchdowns for the Lions. He also played for the USFL’s Denver Gold.
* DOUG PEDERSON (1995-98, 2001-04) - He was the starting quarterback when Don Shula won for the 325th time, an NFL record, in 1993. Pederson
would not throw another pass in the NFL until 1998, when he appeared in 12 games for the Packers. He moved to Philadelphia as a free agent, where he
threw for 1,276 yards and 7 touchdowns. Pederson started nine games for the 1999 Eagles, while they waited for Donovan McNabb to develop. In 2000,
Cleveland signed Pederson to start until Tim Couch was ready to take over. In 11 games (eight starts), he threw for 1,047 yards and 2 touchdowns, but 8
interceptions. Pederson returned to Green Bay in 2001, and served as the top backup to Favre until he retired after the 2004 season. In 66 games with the
Packers, he threw 77 passes and completed 46, with 3 touchdowns and two interceptions.
* JIM MCMAHON (1995-96) - He was best known for wearing his Chicago Bears #9 jersey, when the Packers visited the White House in 1997. He said it was that the Bears never got to go to the White House after they won Super Bowl XX, due to the event being canceled due to the Shuttle Challenger disaster.
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