Packers legend Bart Starr remains NFL’s all-time most efficient passer in the playoffs
Bart Starr may be unfortunately gone, but his legacy as one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play football will not be forgotten. Before the modern era of the NFL wiped away many records of the past, Starr used to hold a ton. Now, however, he still holds one, and it’s quite impressive that it’s yet to be broken.
To this date, Starr still holds the NFL record for the highest postseason passer rating (via Pro Football Talk), despite playing his final postseason game more than 50 years ago. His 104.8 passer rating sits two points above the second-highest quarterback, Kurt Warner, and while stars like Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, and Aaron Rodgers have all had their chances to crack the record, Starr still sits above them all.
Not only is the fact that Starr’s passer rating record hasn’t been broken yet something special, but his stats during the postseason are also nothing to scoff at. He averaged 8.2 yards per pass, throwing 15 touchdowns to just three interceptions in an era that wasn’t exactly known for passing. According to Pro Football Talk, the typical TD:INT ratio in the 1960s was about 1:1, and quarterbacks rarely got past six yards per pass, making Starr’s achievements extraordinary even then.
Of course, Starr wasn’t always the legendary quarterback we envision him as now. Initially drafted 200th overall in the 1956 NFL Draft, Starr would go on to become the latest quarterback draft pick to ever be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a record that will undoubtedly stand for some time.
Playing in 16 seasons, all of them with Green Bay, Starr tallied 14,718 passing yards, 152 touchdowns, and 138 interceptions. During his time with the Packers, he led the team to five total championships (including the first two NFL Super Bowls) and captured the MVP award in 1966.