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Steve Bartkowski
Jersey #(s)
Born November 12, 1952 (1952-11-12) (age 57)
Des Moines, Iowa
Career information
Year(s) 19751986
NFL Draft 1975 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Professional teams
*Inactive and/or practice squad member only
Career stats
TD-INT 156-144
Yards 24,124
QB Rating 75.4
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

Steven Joseph "Steve" Bartkowski (born November 12, 1952 in Des Moines, Iowa) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League who played for the Atlanta Falcons (1975-1985) and the Los Angeles Rams (1986). Bartkowski was a consensus All-American his senior season in 1974 at the University of California, Berkeley.

Professional career

Bartkowski was chosen with the first overall pick in the 1975 NFL Draft, ahead of Walter Payton, by the Atlanta Falcons and was the NFL Rookie of the Year as well as The Sporting News NFC Rookie of the Year in 1975. He was the first client of legendary sports agent Leigh Steinberg.

Bartkowski is one of only eight quarterbacks in NFL history who have achieved two consecutive (back-to-back) 30-touchdown passing seasons (1980 & 1981) at least one time in their career. The others are Drew Brees, Brett Favre, Dan Fouts, Jeff Garcia, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino and Y.A. Tittle. Bartkowski was selected to the Pro Bowl after both the 1980 and 1981 seasons and was selected 2nd Team All-NFC following the 1980 campaign.

Bartkowski led the NFL in passing in 1983 with a passer rating of 97.6.

Post NFL career

Bartkowski is currently on the Falcons Board of Directors. He has a wife, Sande and two sons, Philip and Peter and resides outside Atlanta.

Preceded by
Bob Lee
Atlanta Falcons Starting Quarterbacks
Succeeded by
David Archer
Preceded by
Ed "Too Tall" Jones
1st Overall Pick in NFL Draft
Succeeded by
Lee Roy Selmon

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