Top Ten Worst Packer Starting QBs

10. Don Horn – A first round pick in 1967, Horn was the heir apparent to Bart Starr who completed less than half his passes and tossed 16 touchdowns to 22 interceptions. On the bright side, he won four of six starts, averaged 8.1 yards per pass and helped bring John Brockington to Green Bay.

9. Seneca Wallace – This former Seahawk was brought in by Ted Thompson as insurance behind Aaron Rodgers in 2013; unfortunately when Rodgers got hurt, the Packers needed to cash in that policy and found it bankrupt. The Packers lost both games in which Wallace threw a pass, and Seneca was hurt on the opening drive of his only start.

8. Babe Parilli – The fourth overall pick in 1952, Babe had two stints in Green Bay: 1952-53 and 1957-58. Altogether, the pick-prone Parilli completed 43% of his passes and threw 31 TDs to 61 interceptions as a Packer.

7. John Hadl – the object of Dan Devine’s desperation “Lawrence Welk” trade, Hadl was washed up by the time he reached Wisconsin in 1974, winning seven of 19 starts and throwing nine touchdowns to 29 interceptions, while averaging 5.9 yards per pass.

6. David Whitehurst – An unheralded eighth round pick in 1977, Whitehurst was overmatched as a starter, averaging 6.3 yards per pass and throwing 28 touchdowns to 51 interceptions while trying to hold the fort for Lynn Dickey’s return.

5. Carlos Brown – a 12th round pick in 1975, future actor Alan Autry played two years for the Packers under his mother’s name, and an alias was a good idea. 0-3 as a starter, Brown completed just 37% of his passes for three TDs and six interceptions and averaged 5.1 yards per pass.

4. Jim Del Gaizo – Giving up picks for Hadl was bad enough, but Devine also gave two second rounders to obtain this left-handed third stringer from the Dolphins in 1973. Although Jim’s mutton chops were impressive, completing 43.5% of his passes for 5.1 yards per pass for two TDs and six interceptions was not.

3. Stan Heath – Green Bay drafted Heath as a future in the 25th round in 1948, Curly Lambeau then upped the ante on the nation’s top collegiate passer in 1949 by taking him with the fifth overall pick. Pro Football Reference lists him as having one start in 1949, but his overall passing record of completing 24.5% of his passes for an average of 3.3 yards per attempt and a touchdown to interception ratio of 1-14 is as hideous as one can imagine. He was in Canada in 1950.

2. Jerry Tagge – This Green Bay native was drafted with the 11th overall pick in 1972, but completed just 48.4% of his passes for 5.6 yards per pass and threw just three TDs to 17 interceptions. The team did win half of Tagge’s 12 starts, but he was in Canada in three years.

1. Randy Wright – The worst thing about this sixth round pick from Wisconsin in 1984 is that Forrest Gregg and Lindy Infante gave him 32 starts, of which Green Bay won seven, in which to prove his inadequacy. He threw 31 TDs and 57 interceptions, averaged 6.4 yards per attempt, and once fainted in the huddle.

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Del Gaizo and Heath custom cards are colorized.

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