As I try to look forward to 2011 and reflect on the SB win, I find myself thinking about players from long ago and wondering how this team connects with the teams throughout the year. Part of this is the fact that the organization brought out some old school history with the 29 throwbacks. Part of it is the fact that MM brings out the value of tradition much more often than Holmgren did. Part of it is the bickering between the Favre apologists and those who stayed loyal, which always causes me to look over the history and think about what it means to be a Packer.
Well all those thoughts collided in my head with recent comment I saw on DN about QB's for their franchise. The commenter said that he felt there were only three QB's that the Vikings could truly call their own, Tarkenton, Krammer, and Culpepper. This thought was striking to me because the Packers have so many more QB's that they can call their own, but at least three QB's who are in (or will be) in the Hall of Fame.
This thought then spread a bit more and I started to think....do the Packers have the strongest tradition of QB's in the league right now?
Think about the teams with rich traditions in the NFL. There are teams like the Steelers, Bears, and Giants. Many of these teams sport only one or two QB's in the Hall. Another telling sign are the teams that have been highly successful in the Super Bowl era. Once again we encounter the Steelers with two great QB's (Bradshaw and Rothlesburger [although if you question his greatness I can understand that]), the Niners with two(Montana and Young), and the Cowboys with three (The Dandy Don Meredith, Roger Staubuck, and Troy Aikman). Two of the greatest QB's in the history the league have played for the Colts in Johnny Unitas and Peyton Manning, but the franchise doesn't sport much else at this position besides them. Miami as well with Griese and Marino. After these franchises you have the laundry of franchises that have one great gridiron general as well.
The Packers, like the Cowboys, have three in the bank essentially. Arnie Herbert, Bart Starr, and Brett Favre. The collection of these three can go toe to toe with any other collection of QB's for a franchise. On top of that the Pack currently have Aaron Rodgers who is currently knocking on the door to greatness himself.
It's an interesting question one that we may have to revisit in the near future as Rodger's career continues to grow.