Six stats you may not know about Bart Starr the draft choice
NFL and Green Bay Packers icon/legend Bart Starr passed away on May 26 at the age of 85.
Starr’s passing has brought about a slew of articles, Facebook postings and remembrances from across the country. He was universally loved and admired. It seems that everyone has a Bart Starr story; mine goes back more than 50 years when as a youngster I heard him speak at a local high school. His message was one that extoled the virtues of putting God first in your life followed by family, friends and then self. Like many others in the audience that day, I shook his hand after the event and got an autograph. He was the first “celebrity” I ever met. He never disappointed me… even when he took over as head coach of the Packers and they were, shall we say, “less than successful.”
But I want to deal with one aspect of Starr’s career; he was an eighth round selection, the 200th pick of the Packers in the 1956 NFL Draft. Players picked that low don’t usually have NFL careers let alone become a star and a Hall of Famer. Here are a few stats you may not know about Bart Starr the draft pick and how that translated to his illustrious career.
- There have been a handful of NFL players who made the Pro Football Hall of Fame that were not drafted. In addition, there have been eight of the 279 Hall of Famers, like Starr, who were drafted lower than 200th in the draft. They are: Bart Starr (#200), Richard Dent (#203), Art Donovan (#204), Ken Houston (#214), Andy Robustelli (#228), Raymond Berry (#232), Lou Creekmur (#243) Chris Hanburger (#245) and Rosey Brown (#321). Starr is the lowest QB drafted to make the Hall; when Tom Brady is elected five years after his retirement, he will take a spot behind Starr… he was the #199 player drafted in the 2000 draft.
- There were 360 players drafted in the ’56 draft. Of those 360, only four went on to eventually make the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Lenny Moore (the #9 pick that year), Forrest Gregg (the 20th pick that year), Sam Huff (the 30th pick that year), and Starr (the 200th selection).
- Of the players taken in the ’56 draft, Starr is second on the list with most NFL games played with 196. The only player taken in the 1956 NFL Draft with more career NFL games is fellow QB Earl Morrall who was the second pick in the first round of that draft. He p;layed 255 career games in the league.
- There were 19 quarterbacks selected in that 1956 draft. Starr was the ninth QB selected.
- The Packers chose 29 players in that draft. As the 200th pick, Starr was the 16th player drafted by the Pack that year. Of those 29 picks by the Packers, only seven went on to have careers in the NFL and only four played 100 or more games in the league: Starr (196), tackle Forrest Gregg (193), tackle Bob Skoronski (146) and defensive back Hank Gremminger (131). The Pack’s #1 pick that year was halfback Jack Losch from Miami whose NFL career included only the 12 games he played with Green Bay in the 1956 NFL season.
- Starr was one of six University of Alabama players chosen in the ’56 draft. Of the six, Starr was the only one ever to play a game in the NFL.
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11 stats you may not know about the Packers last 10 years in the draft
With the NFL Combine ending last week, the start of the free agency period getting ready to launch into frenzy mode, and the NFL Draft less than two months away, the Green Bay Packers off season is in full swing. The draft will take place April 25-27, with the Packers (at this moment) having the 12th, 30th and 44th picks in the draft… among a slew of additional picks in later rounds.
Who, or what type of player, will the Packers select with their picks? It’s anyone’s guess; there’s talk that an edge rusher is a high priority, and another tight end has been talked about with one of the early picks. Help on the offensive line has been discussed, and defensive backs are always a focus for the Packers in the draft.
Let’s take a look at the last 10 years of the NFL draft and 11 interesting stats that you may not know about the Packers draft choices from 2009-18. Will the past draft history of the Packers give us any indication how the team will draft this season?
- In the last 10 drafts, the Packers selected 89 players. Forty-four were defensive players, 43 played on the offensive side of the ball, two were special team players.
- Receivers topped the list of the position most drafted over the past decade by the Pack. There were 18 receivers/tight ends chosen over the past 10 years. Defensive linemen were close behind with 17 choices followed by defensive backs/safeties (14), offensive linemen (14), linebackers (13) and offensive backs (QBs and running backs) with 11.
- The average round where offensive players were selected by the Packers over the past 10 years was 4.53. The average round where defensive players were taken by the Pack over the past 10 years was 3.82.
- Breaking it down by positions, the average defensive back/safety was taken in the 2.9 round, followed by defensive linemen (3.9), offensive linemen (4.4), linebackers (4.7), offensive backfield (4.9) and receivers/tight ends (5.1)
- Twenty of the 44 defensive players (45.5%) selected in the past 10 years were chosen in the first three rounds of the draft. Only nine of the 43 offensive players (20.9%) chosen were selected in the first three rounds of the draft.
- Of the 14 defensive backs/safeties chosen by the Packers in the last 10 years, nine (64.3%) were selected in the first three rounds. Eight of the 17 (47.1%) defensive linemen chosen were picked in the first three rounds of the draft. Twenty-three percent of the 13 linebackers picked were in the first three rounds… 22% of the receivers were chosen in the first three rounds… 21.4% of the offensive linemen were taken in the first three rounds of the draft… 18.2% of the offensive backfield were selected in the first three rounds of the draft.
- Twenty of the 29 players (69%) chosen in the first three rounds of the draft in the last 10 years were defensive players.
- Eight of the 10 players picked in the first round by the Packers since 2009 were defensive players.
- Of the 21 players chosen by the Packers in the first two rounds of the draft in the past 10 years, 15 were defensive players.
- In the last 10 years, the Packers have chosen three players from one position in a draft four times: 2018-three receivers; 2017-three offensive backs; 2014-three receivers; 2012-three defensive linemen.
- The only offensive players chosen by the Pack in the first round over the past 10 years were Derek Sherrod in 2011 and Brian Bulaga in 2010.
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TODAY’s SPORTSTAT-February 25, 2019
Who has been the Packers worst QB in the Super Bowl era?
There is no argument when it comes to who are the best quarterbacks for the Green Bay Packers franchise… there are two Hall of Famers, Bart Starr and Brett Favre, and a future HOFer in Aaron Rodgers. The only discussion might be who would take the fourth spot in a Packers QB Mt. Rushmore, but even that might be a brief discussion as Lynn Dickey would be a solid choice for the fourth spot.
But what about the worst QB for the Packers? Is there a clear-cut selection?
To answer that question, I looked at five stats. First, I limited the discussion to only quarterbacks who played for the Packers in the Super Bowl era (1966 and beyond). There have been 18 players who attempted 100 or more career passes with the Packers since 1966. (In case you wanted to see if you could name all 18, here they are: Zeke Bratkowski, Lynn Dickey, Anthony Dilweg, Brett Favre, Matt Flynn, John Hadl, Scott Hunter, Don Horn, Brett Hundley, Blair Kiel, Don Majkowski, Aaron Rodgers, Bart Starr, Jerry Tagge, Mike Tomczak, David Whitehurst, Randy Wright, and Jim Zorn.)
The five stats I used were pass completion percentage, TD percentage, interceptions percentage, Passer Rating and win-loss percentage as a starter.
Following are the five Packers QBs since 1966 that had the lowest rankings in these five stat categories:
Lowest pass completion percentage
Hunter, 43.95%… Zorn, 45.53%… Tagge, 48.4%… Horn, 48.94… Whitehurst, 51.43%
Highest interception percentage
Horn, 7.75%… Hunter, 6.73%… Bratkowski, 6.54%… Tagge, 6.05%… Hadl, 5.40%
Lowest TD percentage
Tagge, 1.1%… Hadl, 1.7%… Wright, 2.8%… Hundley, 2.8%… Whitehurst, 2.9%
Tagge, 44.2… Hunter, 49.0… Hadl, 53.2… Zorn, 57.4… Whitehurst, 59.2
Win-loss percentage (minimum of 10 games started at QB for the Pack to qualify)
Wright, 7-25 (.219)… Hadl, 7-12 (.368)… Dickey, 43-56-2 (.436)… Whitehurst, 16-20-1 (.446)… Majkowski, 22-26-1 (.459)
Okay… if we take these five stats and assign a numerical value to each, I come up with my list of the five QBs who would statistically rank as the Top Five worst Packers QBs in the Super Bowl era. They are:
- Jerry Tagge: (1972-74). Started 12 games for the Packers. The 11th overall pick in the 1972 draft. Played only three seasons in Green Bay with only three TD passes and 17 interceptions. Was released prior to the ’75 season. Did not play in the NFL after that.
- Scott Hunter: (1971-73). Selected in the sixth round of the 1971 draft. Started 29 games for the Pack, 10 in his rookie season. Led the team to a 10-4 record in ’72 and a NFC Central crown. Was traded to the Buffalo Bills inn 1974.
- John Hadl: Traded to the Packers and played two seasons (1974-75) with the Pack. His trade to the Pack for five draft choices has been called one of the worst trades of a QB in NFL history. Hadl, who earlier had a great career for the San Diego Chargers, was a flop with the Packers throwing only nine TD passes with 29 interceptions in 22 games with Green Bay.
- Randy Wright: Wright played collegiately at Wisconsin and was a sixth round pick of the Packers in 1984. He played five seasons in Green Bay, starting 32 games. He was only 7-25 as a starter with the team.
- Don Horn: Another first round pick of the Packers in 1967. Played four seasons in Green Bay, although he only played in 20 games, starting six of them. Was traded to Denver in 1971. Did win four of the six games he started for the Pack.
So what do you think? Who is your choice?
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Written and Compiled by Jerry Tapp
Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 31-0 loss to the Detroit Lions on December 30.
- So much for the best record in the final game of the regular season… the Packers were a league-best 20-5 in the final regular season game of the season (Game #16) entering yesterday’s contest.
- Prior to the game, the Packers were 13-2 all-time versus the Lions in games in Green Bay in December. They had won nine straight versus the Lions in December in Green Bay dating back to 1992.
- Prior to yesterday’s game, Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford had a 6-10 record versus the Packers with a career 88.6 Passer Rating and 32 TDs and 19 interceptions. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers had a career record of 13-4 against the Lions with a career 109.3 Passer Rating and 37 TD passes and only six interceptions.
- Game time temperature was 26 degrees. The Packers are now 37-17 (.685) in home games in December when the temperature is below 30 degrees. They are only 3-3 in their last six games in this stat.
- The Packers will finish in third place in their division for the second consecutive year. It is the first time they finished below second place in the division in back-to-back seasons since 1999 (fourth out of five teams) and 2000 (third out of five teams).
- Detroit scored first in the game. The Packers scored first in nine of their 16 games in 2018. They were 4-5 in those contests. They were 2-4-1 in the games when the opposition scored first.
- The Packers were behind 21-0 at halftime. The last time the Packers were down by 20 or more points at halftime at Lambeau was Dec. 3, 2006 against the New York Jets (they were down by 31 at half in that game). Green Bay is now 1-11 all-time in games where they were behind by 20 or more points at halftime at Lambeau. Their only win? They were down 23-0 at Lambeau at halftime to the Rams in a game in 1982 and ended up winning that game 35-23.
- Kyler Fackrell ended the season with 10.5 sacks. He is the first Packers player with 10 or more sacks since Nick Perry had 11 in 2016. He is the 12th Green Bay player in team history to have 10 or more sacks in a season (since 1982).
- Green Bay was behind 24-0 entering the fourth quarter. It was only the 18th time in team history that the Pack was behind by 24 or more points at home entering the fourth quarter. The worst deficit entering the fourth quarter at Lambeau was 38 points; in a game in 1950, the Rams were leading the Packers 38-0 at Lambeau entering the fourth quarter.
- Obviously the Packers were scoreless entering the fourth quarter. They are now 2-56 all-time in games where they have not scored through three quarters.
- The Packers have now been shutout at home in three of their last nine games at Lambeau.
- The 31-point defeat is tied for the ninth worst defeat the Packers have suffered at Green Bay in their history. The worst defeat at home in team history is 46 points to the New York Giants in 1948 (the Packers lost 49-3).
- Mason Crosby did not attempt a field goal in the game. The Packers are 12-14 in such games in Crosby’s career. This was the only game this season where Crosby did not attempt a field goal.
- Green Bay had only 175 total yards in the game. They are 0-7 since 2000 in games where they are held under 200 total yards.
- The Packers had only 46 yards rushing in the contest. They are 10-44-1 (.191) in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) in games where they have less than 50 yards rushing in a game.
- Green Bay had the ball for only 23:06 in the game. Since 2000, the Pack is now 5-17 (.227) in games where they have fewer than 24 minutes time of possession in a game.
- The Packers are 4-18 (.182) since 2014 (the last five seasons) when the opposition scores 30 or more points in a game.
- Aaron Rodgers was 3-for5 for 26 yards passing before he left the game due to a concussion. It was the 14th game in his career (regular season games) where he did not throw a TD pass in a game he started. The Packers are 4-10 in those games.
- Rodgers ended the season with 25 TD passes and only two interceptions. He becomes only the third QB in NFL history to have 25 or more TD passes in a season with two or fewer interceptions. The others: Nick Foles in 2013 (27 TD passes and two interceptions) and Tom Brady in 2016 (28 TD passes and two interceptions).
The Green Bay Packers will end their 2018 season on Sunday December 30 with a game against the Detroit Lions. This will be the 16th and final game of the season.
If you were a betting man (or woman) you might place a little wager on the Packers in this game… over the past 25 seasons (from 1993-2017) the Packers have been the NFL’s best team in the 16th and final game of the season. Since ’93, the Pack is 20-5 in the 16th game of the year, tops in the league.
Detroit, on the other hand, is in the bottom 10 of winning percentages in the final game of the season since 1993. They are 9-16, a .360 winning percentage.
Following are the records of each NFL team in the final game of the regular season from 1993-2017.
.800 Green Bay (20-5)
.720 New England (18-7)
.680 Pittsburgh, Tennessee (17-8)
.640 Indianapolis (16-9), L.A. Chargers (16-9)
.609 Carolina (14-9)
.600 Minnesota (15-10)
.560 Kansas City (14-11), N.Y. Giants (14-11), Philadelphia (14-11), San Francisco (14-11)
.545 Baltimore (12-10)
.520 Atlanta (13-12), Cincinnati (13-12), Denver (13-12), Seattle (13-12), Washington (13-12)
.480 N.Y. Jets (12-13)
.440 Buffalo (11-14)
.438 Houston (7-9)
.400 Arizona (10-15), Miami (10-15), Tampa Bay (10-15)
.360 Detroit (9-16), L.A. Rams (9-16), New Orleans (9-16)
.348 Jacksonville (8-15)
.320 Dallas (8-17)
.318 Cleveland (7-15)
.280 Chicago (7-18)
.240 Oakland (6-19)
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