Moment 83 Turnaround Trade

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February 11, 1992

The Packers trade a first-round draft pick for Atlanta backup QB Brett Favre, the player GM Ron Wolf rated the best in the draft the previous year while working for the New York Jets, but Favre was chosen by the Falcons one pick before the Jets’ first selection.

Wolf never took his eye off his man, reportedly scouting Favre in Atlanta during the warmups for a Packers-Falcons game less than a week after being hired as Packers GM. He had two first-round picks in 1992, Green Bay’s own choice at No. 5 overall, and also the No. 17 pick thanks to a draft-day trade with Philadelphia the prior year.

It’s the 17th pick that Wolf trades for Favre, a backup with the Falcons who never got along with Atlanta head coach Jerry Glanville. The rest of Wolf’s 1992 draft proves rather fruitful as well.

While 5th overall pick Terrell Buckley never lived up to his promise in Green Bay, Wolf found receiver Robert Brooks in the third round, running back Edgar Bennett in the fourth round and tight end Mark Chmura in the sixth round, a trio of eventual core players in the Packers’ climb through the early and mid-1990s.
  • Turnaround Trade
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  • Turnaround Trade
    Photo credit: AP / NFL Photos