Green Bay Packers’ All-Time Passing TD Leaders
Well, we all know who will top this list, won’t we? Yes, but the Packers have been around since 1921, so there is a lot of love to go around. The team is maybe the most storied NFL franchise, with 3 Super Bowl wins and 12 championships in all. And much of that had to do with great quarterback play. Here is a short list of the Packers’ all-time leaders in touchdown passes to date:
Brett Favre (442)—Not only does Favre top this Packers’ list, but he is the NFL’s all-time leader in touchdown passes with 499. Favre played in Green Bay from 1992 to 2007, and he leads the Packers all-time with 442 TD tosses. Favre was a first team All Pro three straight seasons from 1995 to 1997, the three years the Pack was just awesome, including one Super Bowl title. He had a career high 39 TD passes in 1996, but his best overall season was 1995, when Favre led the NFL in both passing yards (4413) and touchdown passes (38) with just 13 interceptions.
Bart Starr (152)—Bart Starr played for Green Bay his entire career, from 1956 to 1971, and led the team to two Super Bowl titles, the first two of the games that there were. Starr ranks second in franchise history with 152 TD passes, and his best season was arguably 1965. That year, Starr tied a career high with 16 touchdown passes (things were sure different back then, weren’t they?), with 2055 passing yards and 9 interceptions.
Lynn Dickey (133)—Lynn Dickey played for the Packers from 1976 to 1985, and ranks third in team history with 133 touchdown passes. Dickey had his best season in 1983, despite throwing a career high 29 interceptions. That season, Dickey also had career highs in passing yards (4458) and touchdown passes (32), both of which led the NFL that season (as did the picks).
Tobin Rote (89)—Tobin Rote played for Green Bay from 1950 to 1956, and ranks fourth in Packers’ history with 89 TD passes. Rote had a career best 20 touchdown passes with San Diego in 1963, but his best season as a Packer was 1956. That year, Rote threw for 2203 yards and 20 TDs (both led the NFL) with 15 interceptions.
Aaron Rodgers (67)—Don’t look now, Aaron Rodgers is creeping up this list and should pass Starr in a few seasons. Rodgers, who has been with the Packers since 2005, took over the starting gig from Favre in 2008, and already has 67 touchdown passes, which ranks him fifth in franchise history already as I write this in 2010. Rodgers is one of the most accurate passers I have personally ever seen and he keeps getting better. His best season so far was 2009, when he made the Pro Bowl with career highs in passing yards (4434) and touchdown passes (30), with just 7 picks.