Packers legend Bart Starr ranked the second-best value draft pick in NFL history
Bart Starr’s passing last month has caused many in the football world to look fondly back at the legendary quarterback’s career, and one of those moments include the fact that he was drafted very late for someone of his talent. In fact, one publication even ranked Starr as the second-highest value draft pick of all-time.
Starr was famously selected 200th overall, in the 17th round of the 1956 NFL Draft. According to Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports via 247 Sports, that makes him the second greatest value pick ever.
Of course, Tom Brady – who was taken 199th overall – was ranked higher than Starr thanks in part to Brady’s six Super Bowl titles.
Despite being drafted so late, Starr didn’t let that deter him from doing anything, as he quickly became one of the most beloved players in Green Bay Packers history. Starr led the team to two Super Bowls in the 1960s and three NFL Championships prior to that, and played 16 seasons with the Packers.
In his time in Green Bay, Starr totaled 24,718 passing yards, 152 touchdowns, and 138 interceptions, which may not seem like a lot, but were extremely impressive during his time.
Starr also captured an MVP trophy and was known for his incredibly clutch performances, including one in the 1967 NFL Championship Game, famously known as the “Ice Bowl.”
Although Starr is now gone, he’ll always be remembered as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game, and for those interested the draft, he’ll also always be known as someone who may not have been a high pick, but still managed to become a Hall of Fame player.