Thompson, McCarthy Point Out QB Good Fortune

The quarterback bust rate in the first round is astronomical, so the Packers' two-decade run with Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers is "remarkable," general manager Ted Thompson said at the draft. Just how remarkable?

How fortunate are the Green Bay Packers to have had two decades of sustained quarterbacking excellence with Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers?

Extremely, as general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy pointed out during last weekend's NFL Draft.

"We're really glad it worked out," Thompson said of Rodgers and his record-breaking contract. "I think Aaron has proven himself to be a very fine quarterback, a very fine leader. The Green Bay Packers and the Packer fans have been very lucky to have Aaron Rodgers come in here and do the job he has following the legend in Brett Favre and the time he spent from 1992-forward. To have those two guys for your two quarterbacks for that long of time is a remarkable thing and the record, I think, is a reflection of that."

The Packers got Favre from Atlanta in exchange for a first-round pick in 1992. It seemed like a major gamble at the time, considering nobody outside of scouting circles — and the Atlanta bar scene — had heard of Favre at the time.

As it turns out, handing over a first-round pick for a former second-round pick whose four career pass attempts included two interceptions, was no more a gamble than simply using a first-round pick in the draft.

Going back to 1993 — when the Great Debate centered on whether New England should take Drew Bledsoe or Rick Mirer with the No. 1 overall draft pick — and through 2012, 50 quarterbacks were taken in the first rounds of those 20 drafts.

In pointing out the odds against Buffalo's first-round pick, E.J. Manuel, FoxSportsFlorida.com's Bob Ferrante said 20 of those 50 quarterbacks could be labeled first-round busts. By contrast, only six — Trent Dilfer, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco and Rodgers — started and won Super Bowls.

"I think he's everything the Green Bay Packers stand for, definitely a contract he deserves," McCarthy said. "Really great for us to get that done. Very blessed as an organization just to have exceptional quarterback play here for two generations, first with Brett Favre and now with Aaron Rodgers. His contract extension was huge for us as a football team. Aaron is an outstanding teammate and I'm very proud of him personally and professionally for us to make that step."


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