Packers: Why Bart Starr, Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers are all-time greats

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers - Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
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The Green Bay Packers have been blessed to have three of the greatest signal-callers ever play for them.

Bart Starr, Brett Favre, and Aaron Rodgers make up the best franchise QB trio in NFL history.

Joe Montana and Steve Young were a great duo for the San Francisco 49ers. The New England Patriots had Drew Bledsoe and then Tom Brady. The Indianapolis Colts had Johnny Unitas, Peyton Manning, and Andrew Luck.

The Denver Broncos had John Elway, Manning, and now we’ll see what Russell Wilson can do in Mile High. The Pittsburgh Steelers had Terry Bradshaw and just finished up with Ben Roethlisberger.

Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, and Tony Romo were a quality trio for the Dallas Cowboys.

But the overarching point is that when Starr and Favre retired, they were considered the greatest to ever play at that position. Rodgers is now arguably the greatest QB to ever play due to his talent and production.

Let’s dive deeper into these three legends and their careers.

Starting with the late, great Bart Starr. He was a key cog during the Vince Lombardi era as he helped guide the Packers to five NFL championships and two Super Bowl victories.

Starr has all the hardware to back up his play. He was a four-time All-Pro, a four-time Pro-Bowler, a two-time Super Bowl MVP, a league MVP, and he led the NFL in both passer rating and completion percentage four times.

He is a member of the NFL’s 1960s All-Decade Team. Starr was a true leader on and off the field. He was the definition of a Packer. He is arguably the greatest QB of the NFL’s old era that is made up of other legends like Fran Tarkenton, Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, and Roger Staubach.

Brett Favre was the epitome of a gunslinger.

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Favre had arguably the strongest arm in NFL history. He completely re-wrote the record book during his NFL career that spanned 20 seasons.

He finished his career as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns (508), passing yards (71,383), completions (6,300), attempts (10,169), and interceptions (336). His record streak of 321 straight starts will never be broken.

Favre was an 11-time Pro-Bowler, a six-time All-Pro, and he is a member of the 1990s NFL All-Decade Team and the NFL’s 100th Anniversary Team. He helped lead the Packers to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances in 1996 and 1997, including a victory in Super Bowl 31.

Favre was the definition of an “ironman”. The Mississippi native is the first ever and only player to win three consecutive MVPs (1995-97). He is the first player to ever win a playoff game over the age of 40 as well as the first QB to defeat all 32 teams. You always knew you had a chance with Brett Favre on your team.

Finally, there is Aaron Rodgers. No. 12 is viewed by many as the most talented QB in NFL history.

He has one of the greatest arms in history. His accuracy has always been elite. His mobility and football IQ make him the most complete QB to ever play.

Rodgers has the production to back it up.

With plenty of football still left in the tank, the 17-year NFL veteran is a 10-time Pro-Bowler, a five-time All-Pro, and he is also a four-time MVP and coming off of back-to-back MVP seasons.

Rodgers helped guide the Packers to a victory in Super Bowl 45. He would be named Super Bowl MVP.

Rodgers holds several NFL records including passer rating in a season (122.5), most consecutive passes without an interception (402), fastest QB to 400 touchdown passes (193 games), and TD/INT ratio (4.83 to 1).

There have been six seasons where a QB has posted 30+ touchdown passes and five INTs or less. Rodgers has three of those seasons.

He is the most efficient passer while also being one of the most prolific in history. There is a very real possibility that he throws his 500th touchdown pass before his 100th interception. That is absolutely absurd.

Rodgers is top 10 in both passing touchdowns and passing yards in NFL history. He is tied for second all time with Joe Montana in playoff touchdown passes with 45, and is fourth all time in playoff passing yards with 5,894.

Also, keep in mind that Rodgers sat behind Favre behind three seasons before he was named a starter. He is arguably the greatest QB to ever play the game.

There have been a lot of great quarterbacks that have played for a lot of great franchises. But the Green Bay Packers have drafted/traded for and helped develop three of the greatest quarterbacks in three different eras.

These guys all exemplified what it means to be a Packer. They are legends of the game. They don’t come around very often.