Originally written on Zone Blitz  |  Last updated 11/9/14

HOUSTON - DECEMBER 10: Quarterback Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans greets defensive lineman Mario Williams #90 of the Houston Texans after the game on December 10, 2006 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Titans won 26-20 in overtime. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
In 1992, the Green Bay Packers finished 9-7, completing a 20-year stretch in which they made the playoffs one time (strike shortened 1982, when they finished 5-3-1) and only finished above .500 three times. But in a surprise move the next offseason, they landed the top free agent on the market in the first year of true free agency, defensive end Reggie White, signing him to a then-record 4-year, $17 million deal. The next season the Packers still finished just 9-7. But thy made the playoffs for the first time in a non-strike year since 1972, starting a string of six consecutive seasons (White’s entire run with the team) and 15 of 19 years in which they would make playoff appearances — a stretch capped by two Super Bowl wins and a third appearance in the big game. White wasn’t the only catalyst for the run (a certain guy named Favre began his long consecutive games started streak during the third game of the 1992 season). But his signing has generally been credited with being a reaso...
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