Drafted: 1956, Round 17, No. 200, by the Green Bay Packers, out of Alabama
NFL career: 16 seasons, all with the Packers (1956-1971)
Hall of Fame: 1977
Bottom line: The Super Bowl champions get the last pick in the draft, which is bad news for them because they have a big need: Tom Brady is on the wrong side of 40.
The problem is, how do the Patriots get a great quarterback with a low draft pick? The problem would be solved if Bill Belichick could use a time machine and go back to 1956, find an obscure quarterback from pre-Bear Bryant Alabama, and take Bart Starr.
After being benched by a cad coach during his senior year at Alabama, Starr was so little regarded in the NFL that he wasn’t drafted until Round 17, No. 200 overall. But with the Packers under Vince Lombardi, Starr proved to be the greatest big-game quarterback of his time, winning all five NFL championship games he played in from 1961 through 1967, an achievement that even Brady hasn’t matched.
Starr, who combined a high yards per pass average with a ridiculously low interception rate, would be the perfect field general to execute Belichick’s game plan.