The next two players on the NFL Network’s “Top 100” are sterling quarterbacks.
Number 51 is Bart Starr, who played for the Green Bay Packers. Starr was picked in 1956 but wasn’t drafted until the 17th round ,and then not until pick 200. He was drafted out of Alabama. Starr did not become a “star” until Vince Lombardi showed up and worked with him. He played 196 games in 16 seasons.
Even so, you have to wonder if Starr would have been the quarterback he was if he had played with an also-ran team. He was a good team leader, and perhaps it was his “everyman” attitude that made him great. The Packers had a lot of “special” people, and it helped no doubt to have a guy with both feet on the ground.
Starr led the Green bay Packers to five NFL titles and two Super Bowls. He was a three-time passing champ. His career stats were 24,718 yards and 152 touchdowns. He was the MVP of the first two Super Bowls.
Bart Starr was inducted into the Pro football Hall of Fame in 1977. He had a fan ranking of 36.
To show you what notoriety can do, the next name, Terry Bradshaw, is 50th on the list and yet he has a fan ranking of 22. Bradshaw was picked number one in the first round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1970 out of Louisiana Tech.
Bradshaw led the Steelers to eight AFC titles and four Super Bowl victories, of which he was picked MVP twice.
Today, Bradshaw is a highly visible announcer on Fox Sports Sunday.
His career statistics include 27,989 passing yards for 212 touchdowns, and he also had post season records of 30 touchdowns for 3,833 yards.
Terry Bradshaw had some trouble adjusting to the NFL, but once he did, he became a star.
I guess it is a fair question to ask with respect to him as well as Starr if being with the team they were with had something to do with their stardom, and maybe it did. However, it could also be said that they raised the level of those who played with them.
Bradshaw was inducted into the Hall of fame in 1989.
Hall of Fame Website, “Terry Bradshaw”
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NFL Network Website, “Bart Starr QB”
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You Tube Website, “Bart Starr-#51 from Top 100 Greatest Players”
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