Where Were They Then?: Sept. 1992 Was A Long Time Ago


QB Brett Favre is shown here against Cincinnati on Sept. 20, 1992, after coming off the bench in relief of Don Majkowski. That marked the last time a QB other than Favre started a game for the Packers.

The last time a quarterback other than Brett Favre started a game for the Green Bay Packers was on Sept. 20, 1992.

That day, Favre was on the sidelines at Lambeau Field unaware that he would soon enter the game for an injured Don Majkowski, rally the team to an improbable victory with a last-second touchdown pass to Kitrick Taylor, and then start the next 275 consecutive games for the Packers, including the playoffs.

But what else was going on in the fall of 1992, at the time Favre began his remarkable run as the Packers' starting quarterback?

The Cold War had come to an end, development of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was in its final stages, and President George Bush (the first one) and Vice President Dan Quayle were running for re-election, a race they would ultimately lose to Bill Clinton and Al Gore.

Also that year, tennis players Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, who would eventually marry, both won Wimbledon; the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series over the Atlanta Braves, marking the first world championship by a Canadian baseball team; Johnny Carson was ending his two-decade run as the king of late-night television; Silence of the Lambs was the year's hottest movie; and CDs surpassed cassette tapes as the preferred medium for recorded music.

A little closer to home, many of the key figures in the Packers' organization in 2008 were at very different stages of their careers.

Here's a quick sampling of what some of those folks were up to the last time Favre did not start at quarterback for the Green & Gold:

Mike McCarthy - The Packers' Head Coach was in the last of four years as an assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh, coaching the wide receivers. One of his pupils was Dietrich Jells, who posted Pitt's first 1,000-yard season ever by a receiver (1,091 yards in 1992) and went on to play four years in the NFL. That was McCarthy's last year in the college ranks, as in 1993 he broke into the NFL as an assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs and has been in the pro game ever since.

Ted Thompson - The General Manager actually was in Green Bay in 1992, beginning his first stint with the Packers as the assistant director of pro personnel. He moved up to director the following year and was with the team through 1999, before leaving for a five-year tenure in Seattle and then returning to Green Bay in his current role in 2005.

Bob Harlan - Now retired himself, Harlan was in his third year as President/CEO of the club in 1992, overseeing the team's first season under a new head coach (Mike Holmgren) and general manager (Ron Wolf).

Mark Murphy - The organization's new President/CEO was just settling into his first season as athletic director at his alma mater, Colgate, where he would spend the next 11 years before moving on to the same post at Northwestern, and then coming to the Packers in 2008.

Joe Philbin - The team's offensive coordinator was in the middle of a four-year stretch as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., one of eight collegiate stops in his coaching career before joining the Packers in 2003.

Tom Clements - Favre's last position coach had just left a Chicago-based law firm and was beginning his coaching career as the quarterbacks coach at Notre Dame, his alma mater, under Lou Holtz. That year, the Irish's senior signal caller was Rick Mirer, who would win NFL Rookie of the Year honors the following year and who spent most of training camp in Green Bay in 1999, when McCarthy was quarterbacks coach.

Donald Driver - Favre's favorite target over the last few seasons was a 17-year-old four-sport star at Milby High School in Houston, lettering in football, track, basketball and baseball. On the football field that fall, he was playing wide receiver and defensive back as well as returning punts and kickoffs.

Chad Clifton - The left tackle who has protected Favre's blind side for the past seven seasons was a sophomore at Westview High School in Martin, Tenn., and was a two-way starter at defensive tackle and tight end. He didn't move to the offensive line until the following year.

Mark Tauscher - The other bookend on Favre's offensive line for the past eight seasons was a 15-year-old football, basketball and baseball star-in-the-making in Auburndale, Wis., a small town of less than 1,000 people situated approximately 125 miles from Green Bay.

Aaron Rodgers - The heir apparent was an 8-year-old growing up in Chico, Calif.

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