'Benigno And Roberts': Bart Starr Deserves To Be In Greatest-QB Conversation

Joe And Evan Remember Packers Legend

Joe & Evan
May 28, 2019 - 12:42 pm
Bart Starr in 2012

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By WFAN.com

When football fans debate who the greatest quarterback of all-time is, they often toss out names such as Joe Montana, John Elway, Johnny Unitas, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

Why doesn't Bart Starr come up more? 

"Really rarely do you ever hear Bart Starr's name mentioned, and this guy was one of the best that ever played the game," WFAN's Joe Benigno said Tuesday of the Packers legend, who died Sunday at the age of 85. "And he's got the highest winning percentage of any quarterback who's played at least 10 playoff games in the history of the NFL, and he went 9-1."

"And that will never be matched," said Benigno's co-host, Evan Roberts. "Think about that. No one is going to be able to pull that off in this era."

Roberts said Starr, as revered as he is, was somewhat lost in Packers coach Vince Lombardi's statue.

"He (Lombardi) is the icon of that Packer dynasty and everybody else, they're the miniature characters," Roberts said. "He's the starring role, and everyone else is a co-star. And that's not fair."

Starr was the MVP of the first two Super Bowls, and for that reason, he is often "that first lesson you get when you're learning football," Roberts said.

"When you start learn football ... you look at the Super Bowl," Roberts said. "You start there and then maybe you work your way back or forward. And what's the first thing that you see: "MVP Bart Starr, MVP Bart Starr, Green Bay Packers, Green Bay Packers" for the first two."

Roberts added that Starr's career playoff stats would be impressive even in today's era.

"When you see 15 touchdown passes to three interceptions, that's awesome in 2019," he said. "For the '60s, that's unheard of."

Starr, who had been in failing health since suffering two strokes and a heart attack in 2014, won five NFL championships and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977. 

While he was known for golden arm, a running play proved to be his career's signature play. His quarterback sneak in the famed 1967 "Ice Bowl" against the Dallas Cowboys lifted the Packers to Super Bowl II.

"He had an incredible life," Roberts said. "He lived a very long life. Everything I've heard is that he was a classy individual and a good dude and is one of those football legends. He's one of those guys you'll always hear about years and years and years from now, even for many of us that never saw him play."

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