Steve Bartkowski
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1952-11-12) November 12, 1952 (age 66)
Place of birth: Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
High School: Santa Clara (CA) Buchser
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 213 lb (97 kg)
Career information
College: California
NFL Draft: 1975 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Debuted in 1975 for the Atlanta Falcons
Last played in 1986 for the Los Angeles Rams
Career history
* Atlanta Falcons ( 1975 1985)
Career highlights and awards
* Consensus All-American (1974)
Pass completions/attempts     1,932/3,456
Percentage     55.9
TDINT     156–144
Passing Yards     24,124
QB Rating     75.4
Stats at
College Football Hall of Fame

Steven Joseph "Steve" Bartkowski (born November 12, 1952) 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).

College careerEdit

Bartkowski was a consensus All-American his senior season in 1974 at the University of California, Berkeley when he led the nation in passing.[1] In 1972, Bartkowski threw for 944 yards with 4 TD vs 13 INT. In 1973, he threw for 910 yards with 4 TD vs 7 INT while continuing to split time with QB Vince Ferragamo as he did in the previous season. In 1974, he threw for 2,580 yards with 12 TD vs 7 INT with 182 completions on 325 pass attempts.[2] In addition to playing college football, Bartkowski was also an All-American baseball player at first base for the Cubs.[1]

Professional careerEdit

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 sports agent Leigh Steinberg.

Bartkowski is one of only ten quarterbacks in NFL history who have achieved consecutive 30-touchdown passing seasons (1980 & 1981) at least one time in their career. The others are Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Brett Favre, Dan Fouts, Jeff Garcia, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Y.A. Tittle, and Aaron Rodgers. 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.[3][4]

Bartkowski still holds almost every Falcons passing record. However, on December 30, 2013 Matt Ryan surpassed Bartkowski's all-time passing yards record. He was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame on May 19, 2007.[5]

Post NFL careerEdit

Bartkowski is currently on the Falcons Board of Directors. He has a wife, Sandee, and two sons, Philip and Peter, and resides outside Atlanta. Steve's first son Philip is married to Robin Fortin, the sister of former Falcon's lineman Roman Fortin.[3] In 1993 Bartkowski was inducted into the National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame {} and in 2012, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.


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