Q. How are rating points computed for quarterbacks in the NFL? What was the highest rating of all time?
A. This is only slightly less complicated than the NFL's playoff formula. In fact, the State Department is very concerned that the Iraqis might get their hands on NFL technology, threatening the balance of power in the Mideast and possibly the AFC Central. In any case, "The Official National Football League 1991 Record & Fact Book" says of the rating system:
"The NFL rates its forward passers [what, no rating of backward passers?] for statistical purposes against a pre-fixed performance standard based on statistical achievements of all qualified pro passers since 1960. . . . The current system, which was adopted in 1973. . . . provides a means of comparing passing performances from one season to the next. . . .