Obscure Name Dropping; 90s Packers Defense Edition
It’s Friday and after taking last week off I figured I better get back at it…it’s the Friday and it’s time to drop some names! Today we take a look at some of our favorite members of the Green Bay Packers defense of the 1990s. Hopefully these names will bring back some memories, good or bad…
What do Wisconsin Sports Fans love more than Green Bay Packers? Badgers that played for the Green Bay Packers. Davey was one of those players. In 50-games as a Packer, Davey started 2-games recording 1.5 sacks and 18-tackles.
Tuaolo started all 16-games as a rookie with the Green Bay Packers in 1991 and recorded 3.5 sacks and an interception. He went on to play 9-seasons in the league with 5-different teams. Tuaolo is most known for his post playing days and his Autobiography “Alone in the Trenches: My Life As a Gay Man in the NFL.”
Mongo played the final year of his 14-year career with the Packers. After 12-seasons in Chicago, he took a lot of heat for crossing the border to Wisconsin. However, Mongo’s WCW feud with Reggie White quickly reaffirmed his allegiance to the Bears. Yup, WCW…you know what, I sense a
WWF WWE wrestlers of the 90s in the near future.
No idea why but I was a big Vaughn Booker fan back in the day. Probably because of his bad-ass name, Vaughn Booker. Screams Football Player or Enforcer for a Bookie. Booker had 6.5 sacks in 30-games in his two seasons in Green Bay.
Forever, when Lamont Hollinquest is introduced it will be “Super Bowl Champion Lamont Hollinquest” as he earned a ring in his first season with the Packers. In the 1996 season opener, Hollinquest notched one of the four interceptions thrown by Tampa Bay QB Trent Dilfer in a 34-3 Packers win.
Strickland started 24-games and played in 30 in his tenure in Green Bay and had a solid NFL Career of 12-seasons. Unfortunately for him, the Packers couldn’t beat the Cowboys in 94 & 95 so Strickland joined them…that didn’t work out as Dallas lost their perch on top of the NFC to the Packers.
Yup, a Mark D’Onofrio reference ladies and gentlemen! A 2nd round pick of the Packers in 1992, Mark only saw 2-games in his pro career as he tore his hamstring and was done. D’Onofrio is still in football and doing pretty well, he is the Defensive Coordinator for the University of Miami.
If it wasn’t for T-Buck’s arrival in 1992, Clark could be a bigger name in the draft bust lore of the Green and Gold. Clark was the 19th pick in the 1991 draft. Clark had 15-starts in 32-games in Green Bay and posted 4-picks. He later went on to spend time in Atlanta, New Orleans and Jacksonville.
Hauck found playing time in 68-games in his 5-seasons in Green Bay. He didn’t do too much special, forced a couple of fumbles & had a few tackles, but if you have 5-years in the NFL with the same team you have to be doing something right. Hauck’s claim to fame on the field is tackling Dallas WR Michael Irvin in 1999, a play that Irvin suffered a career-ending spinal chord injury. Hauck was hired this off-season by the Cleveland Browns as their Secondary Coach.
That is Super Bowl Champion Roderick Mullen! Mullen had a solid three-year stint with the Packers mostly as a special teams player. Mullen’s lone interception came in Prime Time, the 1997 Monday Night Season Opener against the Chicago Bears.
Blackmon’s Packer career was really short. He was a 4th round pick by the Packers out of football powerhouse Morris Brown but saw just 3-games in Green Bay recording nothing…he later ended up in Cincinnati and was out of the league in 1999.