Bartkowski in game against the Denver Broncos (1982)
|Born:||November 12 1952in Des Moines, Iowa|
|NFL Draft||1975 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1|
|NFL Supplemental Draft||/ Pick:|
|High School||Buchser High School, Santa Clara, California|
|Pass completions/attempts/Comp Pct.(%)||1,932/3,456/55.9%|
|Pass TDs-INTs||156 TDs-144 INTs|
|Passing Yards/QB Rating||24,124 yards/75.4 rating|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
|Stats at NFL.com|
|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.
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 nine 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 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 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 Falcons lineman Roman Fortin. He is the Falcons all time leader in passing yards and touchdowns.
Post career awards/honorsEdit
In 2004, Bartkowski was inducted into the Atlanta Falcons' Ring of Honor. He was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.