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When Don Majkowski’s ankle painfully twisted beneath him that fateful September 1992 afternoon at Lambeau Field against the Cincinnati Bengals, the “Majik Man” unwittingly resolved a problem for head coach Mike Holmgren and Wolf.

Known for being a man of few words, Thompson once said that the 2010 Packers team would not have won Super Bowl XLV without Charles Woodson. At the same time, Woodson, who is likely to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2021, likely isn’t a Hall of Famer if not for what he did in Green Bay.

Once legendary Lombardi-era guard Jerry Kramer got his Pro Football Hall of Fame gold jacket in 2018, most Packers fans turned their attention to another one of their favorites who remained on the outside looking in to Canton: safety LeRoy Butler.

When Aaron Rodgers was backing up Brett Favre at quarterback in 2006 and 2007, there was nothing Rodgers worried about more during his days on the scout team than throwing an interception to Woodson. Viewing those snaps as a proving ground where he could show his teammates and coaches he was a worthy successor to Favre, Rodgers desperately wanted to avoid the kind of mistakes he knew Woodson would capitalize on.

He is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 1978. His No. 66 jersey is retired and hangs on the Lambeau Field north end zone façade. He was the only linebacker on the NFL’s 50th anniversary team, compiled in 1969, and was chosen for the league’s 75th anniversary team in 1994, too. And yet, Nitschke was picked for the Pro Bowl ... once?