What Matt Flynn's Start Means in the Green Bay Packers' QB Legacy
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The NFL often sells the idea that "anything can happen" and praises the unpredictability and parity of American football. In that vein, you can basically count the quarterback position for the Green Bay Packers out of any marketing campaign.
Perhaps no other position on an individual team in history has had such consistently good athletes start games. The most notable faction of the group is, of course, Brett Favre.
Much has been made of the fact that his streak of 297 straight starts (not including playoffs) was snapped this past Monday in Detroit. Another impressive streak will be broken this Sunday night: For the first time in 47 contests, Aaron Rodgers will not suit up to play quarterback for the Pack.
Remember the "Majik Man?" Favre's ride to stardom began in 1992 when Pro Bowler Don Majkowski went down with an ankle injury. Although Majik was prone to injury (which resulted in two shortened seasons before '92), the string of Majkowski-Favre-Rodgers equates to three Pro Bowlers starting 324 straight games in the green and gold (including playoffs).
Enter Matt Flynn. The third-year player, who won MVP of the BCS National Championship Game at LSU, has never started in the NFL and saw the most action of his career last week against the Lions after Rodgers' second concussion of the season.
Of course, Favre was a young gunslinger out of Southern Mississippi starting his first career game in Week 3 of the '92 season. It's not likely that Flynn will knock Rodgers out of the starting spot with his play or go on to superstardom, but it makes one wonder if he could possibly be the next in line of great Green Bay quarterbacks.
After all, "anything can happen," right?
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