3 Packers One-Hit Wonders We Wish Hadn't Disappeared
By Scott Rogust
The Green Bay Packers have long been known for their success and their ability to bring in reliable, consistent players. However, like any team, the Packers have often thought they struck gold with certain talent that sadly never panned out after one good season.
Here are three one-hit wonders on the Packers that we wish hadn't faded into obscurity.
3. WR Jeff Janis
Back in 2014, the Packers used their seventh-round selection on Saginaw Valley State wide receiver Jeff Janis. He never made much of an impact early on in his career, but he looked like a star in the making once Green Bay reached the playoffs following the 2015 regular season. The Packers faced off against the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Divisional Round, and Janis carved through the Birds' defense like a hot knife through butter. Janis caught 7-of-11 targets for 145 receiving yards and two touchdowns, one of which came off a fourth quarter Hail Mary pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers to send the game into overtime. Green Bay went on to lose the game, and many Packers fans thought Janis would elevate up the wideout depth chart. That sadly never happened, as he broke a bone in his right hand during the following year's training camp. Janis signed on with the Cleveland Browns in 2018, but was released a few months later.
2. RB Terdell Middleton
Green Bay was infatuated with Memphis running back Terdell Middleton in the 1977 NFL Draft, as they acquired him from the St. Louis Cardinals, who selected him in the third round. After a forgettable rookie campaign, Middleton broke out in his second season with the Packers. Through 16 games, Middleton rushed for 1,116 yards and 11 touchdowns on 284 carries, resulting in him earning a spot in the Pro Bowl. Unfortunately, he never replicated that season, as he failed to tally over 500 yards on the ground in his remaining three years with the team. Middleton would play two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following his stint in Green Bay, and his career would end after one year with the USFL's Memphis Showboats in 1984.
1. QB Don Majkowski
When talking about the greatest one-hit wonders on the Packers, we can't leave out the "Majik Man," Don Majkowski. The 1987 10th-round pick out of Virginia didn't impress through his first two years in Green Bay, but that all changed in 1989. Majkowski led the league in completions (353), pass attempts (599), and passing yards (4,318) through 16 games that year, which helped earn him a spot in the Pro Bowl. However, the "majik" would run out for Don. After signing a one-year contract extension, Majkowski tore his rotator cuff late in the 1990 season, and was benched the following campaign. In1992, Majkowski tore a ligament in his ankle, resulting in the Packers calling upon their backup off the bench -- Brett Favre. Majkowski would never regain the starter's job after that ailment, and flamed out after serving as the No. 2 quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions the following four seasons.