Brett Favre’s Backups Through The Years


We had a comment posted on our Green Bay Packers page from a visitor named Carolyn who asked:

Great site! Thanks for the fun facts. I have a question for you: How many current NFL quarterbacks started (or spent some of their time) in Green Bay as backups to Brett Favre before moving on?

Now, that is a great question and we’d never really thought about it before… but, let’s have a look. Be assured, this is by no means definitive, but after some brief research… here are Brett Favre’s backups through the years.

1992: Brett Comes To The Green Bay Packers
Backup: Don Majkowski (University of Virginia)
Majkowski had started for the Packers earlier in his career and later on would start games for the Indianapolis Colts, he would also appear in a few games for the Detroit Lions.

1993: Brett’s 2nd Year
Backup: Ty Detmer (Brigham Young University)
Detmer won the Heisman Trophy playing QB for the BYU Cougars and after backing up in Green Bay in 1993 and 1995 he would go on to start games for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1996 and 1997. He would also see playing time with San Francisco, Cleveland, and Detroit.

1994: Brett’s 3rd Year
Backup: Mark Brunell (University of Washington)
Probably the quarterback that played behind Favre and went on to the most success (so far), Mark Brunell would later start games for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Washington Redskins. Brunell made numerous Pro Bowl appearances, and in 1996 he led the league in total passing yards. Brunell also currently ranks in the all-time top 25 in the following categories: Passing attempts, passing completions, and passing yards.

1995: Brett’s 4th Year
Backup: Ty Detmer – See Above
Backup: Jim McMahon (Brigham Young University)
McMahon had already been a starting quarterback for most of his career and had won a Super Bowl with the 1985 Chicago Bears. He would also be a sometime starter with San Diego, Philadelphia, and Minnesota. He also spent time with the Arizona Cardinals briefly before spending his last two years in the league backing up in Green Bay.
Backup: T.J. Rubley (University of Tulsa)
Rubley had starting experience with the Los Angeles Rams in 1993 but his time with the 1995 Packers would be his last in the NFL.

1996: Brett and the Packers win the Super Bowl
Backup: Jim McMahon – See Above
Backup: Doug Pederson (NE Louisiana)
Pederson would go on to see time as the starting quarterback with Philadelphia and Cleveland in 1999 and 2000 respectively before returning to be the backup in Green Bay again for the 2001 through 2004 seasons.

1997: A Super Bowl Loss
Backup: Doug Pederson – See Above
Backup: Steve Bono (UCLA)
Bono had prior starting quarterback experience for both San Francisco and Kansas City. Earlier in his career he had backup experience with both Minnesota and Pittsburgh, and after this one season in Green Bay he would spend two more years in the league (backing up for the Rams and the Carolina Panthers) before retiring.

1998: Brett’s 7th Year and Mike Holmgren’s last year as the Packers head coach.
Backup: Doug Pederson – See Above

1999: Brett’s 8th Year and the one and only season Ray Rhodes was the head coach.
Backup: Matt Hasselbeck (Boston College)
Hasselbeck would go on to play for Holmgren in Seattle and lead the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, only to lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

2000: Brett’s 9th Year and Mike Sherman’s first year as head coach.
Backup: Matt Hasselbeck – See Above

2001: Brett’s 10th Year
Backup: Doug Pederson – See Above

2002: Brett’s 11th Year
Backup: Doug Pederson – See Above

2003: Brett’s 12th Year
Backup: Doug Pederson – See Above

2004: Brett’s 13th Year
Backup: Doug Pederson – See Above
Backup: Craig Nall (Northwestern State)
Nall would throw for four touchdowns in his only action in the NFL during this season. He would go on to backup Favre in 2005 before spending one final year as a backup in Buffalo.
Backup: J.T. O’Sullivan (University of California-Davis)
O’Sullivan saw no action for Green Bay other than two late game kneel downs, he didn’t see any playing action at all in 2005 or 2006, but has gotten on the field for the Detroit Lions during the 2007 season.

2005: Brett’s 14th Year
Backup: Craig Nall – See Above
Backup: Aaron Rodgers (University of California)
Rodgers is the current backup for Brett Favre and has been labeled the heir-apparent to take over after he retires ever since the Packers drafted him.

2006: Brett’s 15th Year and Mike McCarthy’s first season as head coach of the Packers.
Backup: Aaron Rodgers – See Above
Backup: Ingle Martin
Martin made it into the game for the final game of the year and handed the ball off one time and took two kneel downs.

2007: Brett’s 16th Year
Backup: Aaron Rodgers – See Above

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