When Brett Favre's iron man streak came to an end Monday night, the man whose ankle injury gave the streak its start was at home in Johns Creek, tending to business.
"I saw the highlights," said Don Majkowski, the former Green Bay Packers quarterback.
Majkowski, who has been living in north Fulton for the past 15 years, was not surprised that the 297-game run came to an end. He had been predicting its demise since Favre came back to play for the Minnesota Vikings this season, his 20th.
"In my opinion, I truly think that deep down in his heart, he really did not want to come back this year," said Majkowski, who has remained friends with Favre since their one season together (1992) with the Packers.
Majkowski, 46, is married with two children and running his own real estate investment company, a job that Favre presumably will not pursue.
Said Majkowski, "It was a pretty good business up until the last two years."
He is also the head of a start-up company called PrepSportsNet, which aims to run athletics websites for metro Atlanta high schools.
On the side, he also is the offensive coordinator for his son Bo's sixth-grade football team, which recently won the Georgia Middle School Athletic Association championship. Bo, the Johns Creek quarterback, led his team to a 20-14 win for the title after going into the fourth quarter trailing 14-0. Majkowski said the opportunity to coach Bo led him to give up NFL analyst work.
Majkowski last spoke with Favre before he began playing for the New York Jets in 2008. While his career can speak for itself – Majkowski went to the Pro Bowl after the 1989 season and is a member of the Packers Hall of Fame – he doesn't mind being linked with Favre. It was in 1992 that Majkowski tore ankle ligaments three games into the season, which gave Favre his chance that he never relinquished.
"Unfortunately, I got injured and Brett was the Lou Gehrig of the NFL," he said. "It's nothing for me to be ashamed of. It's a part of history. ... If you're going to lose your starting quarterback job to somebody, it might as well be a guy who goes down as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time."
Majkowski said he does not view Favre any differently in light of the past few years, in which he has repeatedly retired only to unretire. This year he was also caught in a sexting scandal.
"I hope that doesn't tarnish his legacy," he said. "This guy was the most dependable guy at the most important position for two decades. That's not ever going to happen again."
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