Brett Favre is not only one of the greatest Quarterbacks in Packers history, but the NFL. Favre’s “gunslinger” mentality created for some of the most memorable moments in Packers history.
It unfortunately also landed him #1 on the all-time interception stat sheet with 336 (next is 277). Howeve, he does rank #4 all time in both passing touchdowns (508) and passing yards (71,838). Lastly he was the ironman of football, starting 297 consecutive game which is a streak that may never be broken.
Bart Starr, Aaron Rodgers, and Brett Favre are obviously the top 3 in franchise history, but where does Favre sit?
Best Quarterback in Green Bay Packers History: Bart Starr
Bart Starr is not only the greatest QB in Green Bay Packers history, but is criminally underrated all-time. The Packers great won two Super Bowls and one MVP award. In the pre-Super Bowl era, he won three NFL titles. Five championships in all for him. Playing from 1956-71, he was the best of his era, and it wasn’t particularly close. Five championships in seven years is something that will likely never be replicated.
Second Best Quarterback in Green Bay Packers History: Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers has often been called the most talented thrower of the ball of all-time. Some of the throws he has made in his career leaves defenders, announcers, and even teammates speechless. One of the stats that stands out the most about Aaron Rodgers is his Total Quarterback Rating (QBR). Total quarterback rating is a statistic created by ESPN in 2011 to measure the performance of Quarterbacks. It incorporates all of a quarterback’s contributions to winning, including how he impacts the game on passes, rushes, turnovers, and penalties. Since QBR is built from the play level, it accounts for a team’s level of success or failure on every play to provide the proper context. It then allocates credit to the quarterback and his teammates to produce a clearer measure of quarterback efficiency. Aaron Rodgers’ all-time QBR is 104.93. That is number one all-time, number two is Steve Young at 96.81.
This past season he won his fourth NFL MVP (second most all-time), moved to #5 all time in passing touchdowns (449), and built on his ridiculous all time touchdown to interception ratio. Rodgers throws 4.83 touchdowns to every one interception. Next highest is Patrick Mahomes at 4.08. If Aaron Rodgers is able to end his career with one or two more championships, he will have a chance to go down as the greatest of all time.
Third Best Quarterback in Green Bay History: Brett Favre
This ranking is absolutely no knock on Brett Favre whatsoever. What he did for the Packers franchise starting in the early 1990s after two decades of dismal play will never be forgotten. He rejuvenated a franchise that had such an incredible amount of history. Brett Favre set in motion three decades of high caliber quarterback play for the Packers. Without Brett Favre, there is no Aaron Rodgers. At least no Aaron Rodgers the way we see him today.
Favre is the only player in NFL history to win an MVP award in three consecutive seasons. During the 1990s he was playing the quarterback position better than we have ever seen. At the time of his retirement, he owned or shared 402 NFL records. When did Brett Favre retire? Which time? He retired first after the 2007 NFL season which paved the way for the Aaron Rodgers era. However he decided to un-retire and play three more seasons. One with the New York Jets and two with Minnesota. He would finally hang it up for the last time after the 2010 NFL season. His full career went from 1991-2010.
Honorable Mention to:
Curly Lambeau, Lynn Dickey, Don Majkowski