Former running back Edgar Bennett and quarterback Don Majkowski will be inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame at the 35th Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, to be held the evening of July 23, 2005, in the Lambeau Field Atrium.
Bennett, currently the team's director of player development, stands as one of the best all-around running backs in team history. He ranks ninth among the club's all-time rushers with 3,353 yards on 936 carries. Also a gifted pass receiver, he ranks 15th on the Packers' career list with 242 receptions for 1,920 yards. Over his five-year Packers career he scored 29 touchdowns.
Drafted in the fourth round of the 1992 NFL Draft, Bennett that season became the first Packers rookie to rush for 100 yards since 1979 when he posted 107 vs. the Bears. The Florida State graduate became a starter at fullback in 1993 and, after a switch to halfback in 1995, he responded with a 1,000-yard season, the first for the team since 1978. He was a key component of the Packers' explosive offense during the 1996 Super Bowl season.
Majkowski rose from humble beginnings as a 10th-round draft pick in 1987 to finish his Packers career in fifth place with 10,870 passing yards on 889 completions in 1,607 attempts, with 56 touchdowns and 56 interceptions. An elusive and effective runner, he also notched nine rushing touchdowns during his six-year Green Bay career.
Nicknamed "Majik Man," the University of Virginia alumnus performed magic during a rousing 1989 campaign that saw the Packers win 10 games, the most in 17 years, including a team-record four contests by one point. Majkowski's performance that season, which included 4,318 yards, six 300-yard games and 27 TDs, earned him Pro Bowl recognition.
In addition to Bennett and Majkowski's inductions, the Hall of Fame will formally induct this year's FAN honoree, Dorothy Hanke.
Tickets for the banquet, which begins with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and program to follow at 7 p.m., are $110 each. Tables of 10 are available and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Early reservations are recommended. To purchase tickets, call Gwen Borga at (920) 965-6984, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, Inc. is a non-profit corporation independent of the Green Bay Packers that guides the Hall as a historic national sports venue and educational resource to the Green Bay community and the state of Wisconsin. The Hall raises funds through its annual induction banquet, golf outing and other events to develop new exhibits and expand its archives. Historic memorabilia donated by individuals to the Hall may qualify as tax-deductible gifts.
Originally established in 1967 as a temporary display in the concourse of the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena, the Hall moved into its own facility in 1976 near Lambeau Field. In 2003, it was relocated to a spectacular new, 25,000-square foot facility in the Lambeau Field Atrium. The Hall of Fame is open on non-game days from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hours may vary on game days and holidays. For more information, contact the Hall of Fame at (920) 569-7512.