GREEN BAY – It’s a piece of history unlike any other.
Last Thanksgiving night, Packers quarterbacks Bart Starr, Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers were all together at Lambeau Field for the first time as Super Bowl champions and league MVPs.
A photo taken of the three of them together, before that night’s Packers-Bears game during which Favre’s retired No. 4 was unveiled next to Starr’s No. 15 on the north end zone façade. That picture is now on sale to the public to raise money for charity.
“I think people realize you were watching history,” Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said of that night. “You look across the league, nobody has had the quality of quarterback play that we’ve had.”
Murphy admits he may be biased, but he’s also right. Only two other franchises have had three different quarterbacks win Super Bowls – the Giants (Phil Simms, Jeff Hostetler, Eli Manning) and Murphy’s own Redskins (Joe Theismann, Doug Williams, Mark Rypien).
Of those six quarterbacks, only Theismann was ever honored as an NFL Most Valuable Player. The Packers’ Super Bowl-winning QB trio has won the award a collective six times.
“To have a picture of them together is pretty rare and something I think our fans will really like,” Murphy said.
“For me, what was most memorable is Bart was able to make it back. He’s had health issues, as people know about, and I was really happy for him and (wife) Cherry. I know they really wanted him to come back, and it was great to see him there and see the interaction between Bart, Brett and Aaron.”
The photo is on sale now through the Packers Pro Shop website, with delivery expected to take a few weeks. The photo will be available in the Pro Shop itself early next month.
Proceeds from the photo sales will go to various charities of the players’ choice.
“The responses across the board were positive,” Murphy said of getting the three together for the photo. “Obviously, each one of them is a great player, and I think they like being part of something bigger than themselves. This is part of the history and tradition of the Packers that each in their own way added to it.”