The final game of the 2012 National Football League season has arrived with Super Bowl XLVII and as I think about all of the previous Super Bowls, the first name that jumps out at me is Bart Starr. Starr was the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, who won Super Bowl I and II in dominating fashion both times. If you are going to have a list of greatest quarterbacks to play in a Super Bowl, Starr has to be up there.
While anyone under the age 42 was alive when Starr played, I tell you to make it a point to go back and watch some highlights from those first two Super Bowls and just how dominant Green Bay was in those games. Starr won Most Valuable Player honors in both games after throwing for 450 yards and four touchdowns combined. We look at today’s game and see 450 yards in one game happen a lot more as opposed to two games combined. If a quarterback combined for 450 passing yards in two games now, they had better have won both games or a quarterback debate begins.
Starr began a tradition of great quarterback play in the Super Bowl and while he is getting up in age, he still seems on his game at age 79. Starr was in New Orleans this week just two months after collapsing during a speech to give out the Bart Starr Award to Jason Witten and anytime you get an award named after you, there is something there. There is nothing like the original and that is Starr.