The most famous quarterbacks in Green Bay history are without a doubt Bart Starr, Brett Farve, and yes Aaron Rodgers. Even though Aaron Rodgers doesn’t have history and longevity on his side, he is still putting up some mind-boggling numbers.
You really can’t compare the three quarterbacks. The careers of each quarterback came during different eras in football. Each had their own strengths, and played under different rules. The NFL has made a lot of changes over the years and to compare Aaron Rodgers or Brett Favre to Bart Starr is unfair. Most Green Bay Packer fans are very knowledgeable about the historic career of Brett Favre, and the blossoming career of Aaron Rodgers. However, most are too young or don’t remember the amazing career of Bart Starr.
Personal stats never mattered to Bart Starr. Even though he never had a 3,000 yard season or any 400 yard games to his credit, when it came to winning, he was peerless. Starr was a five time NFL champion and the MVP of the first two Super Bowls. He was known as being “Mr. Clutch” during critical games.
The quarterback of the 1960’s, Bart Starr was the leader of one of the greatest football dynasties in football history. Poised and intelligent, he specialized in short, quick passes, and his on-field presence made him a key player in legendary coach Vince Lombardi’s ball control offense. While Favre, and Rodgers may have been flashier, Starr’s unshakable will to win created an aura of invincibility around the men in green and gold. If a player is measured by his performance in big games, then Starr was one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.
Bart Starr has put up a lot of numbers that not even the great Brett Favre can match. Starr was a 3 time NFL top rated quarterback. He was a 5 time NFL champion, and a 2 time Super Bowl Champion. Starr was awarded two Super Bowl MVPs, and was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1977.
To compare quarterbacks out of different eras is like comparing apples to oranges. How well would Brett Favre perform in Vince Lombardi’s ball control offense? Would Lombard have put up with the interceptions, or the gun-slinging mentality? Would Bart Starr be physically gifted enough to even start in the modern era? It is very debatable, but all three are great in their own way.