Jordan Love’s first NFL start is a reminder of the rarity of a new Packers starting quarterback.


There are many teams that have struggled to find a franchise quarterback over the years. The Browns had employed a famous quarterback carousel since the Bernie Kosar days before the arrival of Baker Mayfield. The Washington soccer team has rotated through different quarterbacks since Joe Theismann broke his leg on that famous Lawrence Taylor sack.

And let’s not forget the jets, which have used a variety of makeshift veterans and potential young starters over the past two decades.

Yes, most NFL teams struggle to find consistency at the quarterback job. However, that doesn’t include the Packers.

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Green Bay has long had a franchise quarterback and, as a result, has been one of the most successful teams in the NFL. The Packers went smoothly from the Brett Favre era to the Aaron Rodgers era, and they hope to do that with Jordan Love as well.

Love is set to make his first career start Sunday afternoon in the Packers game against the Chiefs. It will mark a great moment for the second-year first-round pick out of Utah State.

That said, he’s also a great reminder of the stability the Packers have had as a quarterback.

Love will become the eighth different starting quarterback the Packers have used in the past 30 seasons since Favre started in 1992. No other team has used fewer than 12 since. Meanwhile, Washington has had nine different starting quarterbacks in the past four seasons.

So Love joins a pretty exclusive roster on Sunday afternoon. Here’s a rundown of the starters the Packers have used since 1992, from the largest to the fewest number of starts made.

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Packers starting quarterbacks since 1992

Brett favre

  • Years with Packers: 1992 to 2007
  • Total starts (including playoffs): 275

Favre began the Packers’ streak when he took over as the team’s starting quarterback during Week 4 of the 1992 NFL season. That marked the first start to Favre’s career and also began the most incredible Iron Man streak. in the league (297 consecutive games started).

Favre made 275 starts for the Packers. They were back-to-back, and as a result, he was the only quarterback Green Bay had to use from 1993 to 2007.

Of course, Favre was also a prolific quarterback. He averaged 3,895 passing yards and 28 passing touchdowns per season during that span and led Green Bay to a 152-88 record. He also won a Super Bowl ring, three All-Pro nominations, three MVP trophies, and was later inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame.

Favre’s consistency was the starting point for the Packers’ streak, but his successor did a lot to keep it going.

Aaron Rodgers

  • Years with Packers: 2005 to present
  • Total starts (including playoffs): 218

Rodgers was Favre’s backup for the first three years of his career. He was a first-round pick for Cal in 2005, but for a while, it seemed like he would never come off the bench.

Eventually, Favre retired and when he tried to come back, the Packers traded him to the Jets. That opened the door for Rodgers to start. Since then, he has been the franchise quarterback for Green Bay for a long time.

Rodgers has been the Packers’ starter every year since 2008. He’s not the same type of iron man Favre was, but Rodgers has played in all 16 games nine times. He was out of a game in a year twice, while he has missed seven games or more three times. Rodgers has missed less than a game and a half per season.

During his career with the Packers, Rodgers has posted a 133-64-1 record in 198 starts. He has averaged 4,267 yards, 35 touchdowns and seven interceptions for every 16 games played and has been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Like Favre, he won a Super Bowl ring and has been a three-time All-Pro and three-time MVP.

Rodgers’ consistent play has allowed the Packers to rely only on backups in the rare event that Rodgers is injured. That has been a little more prevalent than Favre, but it hasn’t mattered, as the Packers have had some decent backups.

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Brett hundley

  • Years with Packers: 2015 to 2017
  • Total starts (including playoffs): 9

Hundley was given the reins in 2017 when Rodgers missed nine games, the most of his career, as a result of a collarbone injury. Hundley, a third-year rookie, started the nine games Rodgers missed due to injury.

The Packers fought under Hundley. He went 3-6, completed 60.8 percent of his passes for 1,832 yards and threw for nine touchdowns compared to 12 interceptions. He also rushed for 270 yards and two TDs.

Hundley had been a fifth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, but the Packers left him after the season. The fact that he has the third-most starts by a Packers QB since 1992 is impressive considering he started in just one of his three years with the team.

Matt flynn

  • Years with Packers: 2008 to 2011; 2013 to 2014
  • Total starts (including playoffs): 6

Matt Flynn served as Rodgers’ top endorsement during his first four years as a starter. Flynn had a couple of good starts when he started a game in 2010 and another in 2011. In 2011, he gained notoriety after 70 percent of his passes for 480 yards and six touchdowns in a start against the Lions. He became a free agent and left the Packers after that.

The Seahawks signed Flynn but lost the starting job to Russell Wilson. From there, Flynn rebounded in the league and returned to the Packers in 2013 to make four starts during the first year Rodgers missed extended action (seven games). Flynn posted a 3-3 record as a starter and was a solid endorsement for the team.

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Don Majkowski

  • Years with the Packers: 1992
  • Total starts (including playoffs): 3

Majkowski was actually with the Packers for the first six years of his career and made 49 starts. We’re only watching the quarterback game since 1992, though, and that was his last season in Green Bay as a starter.

Majkowski started the first three games of the season for the Packers before Favre took over. He posted a 1-2 record and threw for 271 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Although Majkowski did not stay after the 1992 season, he did have some good years in Green Bay. That included a 1989 Pro Bowl campaign during which he led the Packers to a 10-6 record and led the league in passing attempts (599), completions (353) and passing yards (4,318).

Scott tolzien

  • Years with Packers: 2013 to 2015
  • Total starts (including playoffs): 2

Tolzien was the third quarterback to start a game for the Packers in 2013. He started twice after not being drafted in Wisconsin. He posted a 0-1-1 record in his two starts and completed 61.1 percent of his passes for 717 yards and a touchdown. However, he threw five interceptions in those two games and was quickly replaced by Flynn as the starter. He remained with the Packers as a reserve until 2015.

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Seneca Wallace

  • Years with the Packers: 2013
  • Total starts (including playoffs): 1

Wallace had the first shot to replace Rodgers after he fractured his collarbone in 2013. The veteran started a game for the Packers and threw for 139 yards and an interception in a loss. Tolzien quickly replaced him in the next game.

Love jordan

  • Years with the Packers: 2020 to present
  • Total starts (including playoffs): 1

Love will become the eighth different starter for the Packers and will hope that he can prove himself enough to become Rodgers’ successor. If he can, the Packers continue their stretch of finding the right succession plan at the quarterback position.


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