Who Is the Greatest Green Bay Packers Quarterback?
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Ranking The Greatest Green Bay Packers Quarterbacks
After the Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl XLV, many fans were ready to anoint Aaron Rodgers as the greatest Green Bay Packers quarterback of all time. But is Aaron Rodgers really the greatest? Since the 1950s when I started following the Packers, Green Bay has had only a few good signal callers. In this article, I rank the five greatest Packers quarterbacks in the past 60 years. My rankings are based on how well the quarterbacks led their teams in winning championships.
Number 15 - Bart Starr's Playing Number
Bart Starr Highlights
Aaron Rodgers in 2008
Don Majkowski with Brett Favre
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1. Bart Starr
My selection for number one was very close between Bart Starr and Brett Favre. Although Favre put up a lot more impressive stats than Starr, old number 15 was the player most responsible on the field for orchestrating the Green Bay Packers dominance of the 1960s.
Drafted out of the University of Alabama, Bart Starr played with Green Bay from 1956 through the 1971 season. Starr became starting quarterback during Vince Lombardi's first year as head coach in 1959.
Beginning in 1960, Bart Starr quarterbacked the Packers to playoff appearances in 1960-1962 and 1965-1967 during Lombardi's years as head coach. Green Bay's playoff record during this period was 9-1. The Packers won five NFC championships and the the first two Super Bowls played in 1967 and 1968.
As to individual performances, Starr was a four time Pro-bowl selection and NFL MVP in 1966. His overall passing rating was less than 100 percent.
What made Bart Starr so great was that he called all of the plays on the field unlike Aaron Rodgers who has his plays called by Coach McCarthy. Although Starr didn't have the talented receivers that Favre had and Rodgers has, he had two of the greatest running backs in Jim Taylor and Paul Hornung - old Thunder and Lightning. Starr also knew very well how to use his receivers to compliment the great running game.
2. Brett Favre
Brett Favre would have to rank as the second greatest Packer quarterback. Obtained in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons, Favre played with Green Bay during the 1992-2007 seasons. After Packers quarterback Don Majkowski was injured in the fourth game of the 1992 season, Favre took over as starting quarterback and went on to start in 297 consecutive games, a league record.
Over his career, Brett Favre led the Packers to seven divisional championships during the years 1995-1997, 2002-2004, and in 2007. He quarterbacked Green Bay in Super Bowls XXXI and XXXII, winning Super Bowl XXXI.
As to individual performances, Favre was NFL MVP three times 1995-1997. He is the only quarterback to throw for more than 70,000 yards with over 500 touchdown passes and over 300 interceptions.
Known as the Gunslinger, Brett Favre was a very exciting player to watch. Not being afraid to throw into coverage, Favre generated so many come from behind victories for the Packers. He was a physical player, too, not being afraid to block for an end around play or to bump heads with defensive linemen like Warren Sapp.
3. Aaron Rodgers
I presently rank Aaron Rodgers as the third best all-time Packers quarterback. Rodgers was drafted out of the University of California, and spent his first three years backing up starting quarterback, Brett Favre. Following Favre's forced retirement from Green Bay in 2008, Aaron Rodgers took over as starting quarterback.
During Rodgers eight years as starting quarterback, Green Bay has made the playoffs seven times during the period 2009-2015. The pinnacle of Aaron Rodgers's success came in the 2010 season when the the Packers won the NFC championship and defeated the Pittsburg Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. Rodgers was chosen as Super Bowl MVP.
For individual accomplishments, Aaron Rodgers has been a five time Pro-bowl player. In 2011 he was selected NFL MVP and compiled a quarterback rating of 122.5. Rodgers was also selected as NFL MVP for his play in the 2014 season.
4. Lynn Dickey
Number four on my greatest Packers quarterback list is Lynn Dickey. Dickey played with Green Bay from 1976 through the 1985 season. In 1982 he led the Packers to the playoffs in which they beat the St. Louis Cardinals but lost to the Dallas Cowboys.
As to individual stats, Dickey was a prolific passer and a one time all-pro selection in 1983, second only to Joe Thiesmann of the Washington Redskins. In 1981 Dickey had the highest completion percentage of 90.48 in one game, and finished his career with a quarterback rating of 70.9.
How I will remember Dickey leading the Packers to a 48-47 victory over the Washington Redskins in a Monday night football game in 1983. James Lofton was his favorite target then.
5. Don Majkowski
Rounding out the top five is Don "Majik" Majkowski. Drafted out of the University of Virginia, Majkowski played with the Packers from 1987 through 1992. Although he never led the Pack to the playoffs, he had his best year in 1989 when Green Bay finished 10-6. That year he made the Pro Bowl by leading the NFL with 4,318 yards in passing. He completed 353 out of 599 passes for 27 touchdowns.
Majkowski was known as "Majik" because he led the Packers to many come from behind victories in 1989.
All of the stats in this hub are taken from Wikipedia.
Other than Majkowski, Dickey, Rodgers, Favre, and Starr, Green Bay has not any quarterbacks of note in the past 60 years. Although Bart Starr and Brett Favre are very close in overall ratings, I pick Starr as the greatest Green Bay Packer quarterback, because he quarterbacked Green Bay to more playoff victories and more Super Bowl wins.
The Greatest Green Bay Packers Quarterback
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