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Jan. 14, 1968; Miami, FL, USA; FILE PHOTO; Green Bay Packers quarterbacks Zeke Bratkowski (12) and Bart Starr (15) celebrate near the end of Super Bowl II against the Oakland Raiders at the Orange Bowl. The Packers defeated the Raiders 33-14. Mandatory Credit: Press-Gazette/USA TODAY Sports

Bart Starr

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the NFL used to have a draft that went on for days and consisted of about a billion rounds. And so it was, that in 1956, the Green Bay Packers used the 200th overall pick – in the seventeenth round – on a QB out of Alabama by the name of Bart Starr.

Further shooting aircraft carrier sized holes in Healy’s argument, as a rookie, Starr was not all that impressive. Playing in a total of nine games – with one start – Starr completed just 54.5 percent of his passes for 325 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.

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  • The following season, he wasn’t much better, completing 54.4 percent of his passes for 1,489 yards, eight touchdowns and ten interceptions while leading the Packers to a 3-8 mark under his guidance. It wasn’t until 1961 – six full seasons into his career – that Starr finally broke out. In that year, he led Green Bay to an 11-3 mark, completed 58.3 percent of his passes, and throwing 16 touchdowns against 16 interceptions.

    It also began the start of a run of excellence that netted Starr four Pro Bowl nods, five NFL Championships, two Super Bowl Championships, two Super Bowl MVP wins, and a spot in the NFL Hall of Fame.

    Not too shabby for a guy who, given today’s more streamlined version of the NFL draft, would have gone undrafted.

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