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(Almost) magical trio
April 11, 2012 - Jim Anderson
Of the three quarterbacks who played for the Green Bay Packers in 1990, Blair Kiel, who died this week at age 50, provided one of the more memorable performances.
Green Bay’s top quarterback that season was Don Majkowski. But coming off a Pro Bowl year in 1989, the “Majic Man” missed training camp in a contract holdout.
Anthony Dilweg started the first two games, playing well in an opening victory over the Rams, then losing a pair of fumbles in a loss to the Bears. With “Majic” back at the helm, the Packers struggled to 5-5 before losing their new millionaire to a shoulder injury.
If Majkowski was the Majic Man, ESPN’s Chris Berman decided his successor, Dilweg, needed a nickname, too. He dubbed him “The Wizard.”
Dilweg quarterbacked a victory over Tampa Bay, but it would be the last win of the season for Lindy Infante’s team.
Kiel got his chance Dec. 9 at Milwaukee County Stadium against the Seattle. Dilweg (in reality, not much of a “Wizard”) got the hook as the Packers fell behind 20-0.
Enter Kiel, a scrappy by-the-seat-of-his-pants QB, who threw fourth quarter touchdowns to Perry Kemp and Ed West to pull the Packers to within 20-14. There would be no Green Bay victory, but Kiel did earn his own temporary nickname with the improbable rally:
Brett Favre, acquired from the Atlanta Falcons, would join the Packers in 1992. Kiel, in turn, was dealt by the Packers to Atlanta, where his NFL career quietly ended.
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