Legendary Packers quarterback Bart Starr passes away at 85

Legendary Packers quarterback Bart Starr passes away at 85

Bart Starr, the Hall of Fame Green Bay Packers quarterback who won the first two Super Bowl titles in the 1960s, died at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama, the Packers said.

'We are saddened to note the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Bart Starr, ' it reads.

"He battled with courage and determination to transcend the serious stroke he suffered, but his most recent illness was too much to overcome".

"Maybe the most popular player in Packers history, Starr will be eulogized for being a consummate professional, a Good Samaritan and an exemplary role model", Packers historian Cliff Christi wrote of Starr.

Starr, who spent his entire career with the Packers from 1956-71, became the first quarterback in National Football League history to win five championships as he and coach Vince Lombardi intertwined their legacies during one of the game's greatest dynasties.

Starr had his No. 15 retired by the Packers, and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

A Montgomery, Alabama native, Starr played his college football at the University of Alabama from 1952-1955, shortly before the arrival of legendary head coach Bear Bryant. He led the Crimson Tide to the Southeastern Conference Championship as a sophomore, but was limited by a back injury his junior year and ended up splitting time at the quarterback position with his senior year.

Since 1989, Starr focused on developing and acquiring health-care real estate, most recently as vice chairman of the Sanders Trust, based in Birmingham, Alabama, a successor firm of Starr Sanders Properties.

With Green Bay trailing 7-0 in the first quarter against the Rams, Starr threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Max McGee and a 91-yard touchdown pass to Boyd Dowler to put the Packers ahead to stay.

But Starr did more in his career than hand off to Paul Hornung and Jim Taylor and ride Lombardi's genius to unprecedented success on the field.

The rematch highlighted Starr's play-calling prowess back when quarterbacks really were field generals. And Starr needed only nine throws to hit the ideal passer rating. The Packers drafted him in the 17th round in 1956.

'Bart Starr was the most kind, thoughtful and classiest person you could ever know.

Starr's death was announced by the Packers organization on Twitter Sunday morning. From 1961-67, Starr went 69-18-4 as a starter in the regular season and was a ideal 9-0 in the playoffs.

Bryan Bartlett Starr was born January 9, 1934, in Montgomery, Alabama.

Halfback Donny Anderson slipped twice on handoffs, so Starr called timeout, went to the sideline and suggested a sneak because of the poor traction.

Bart Starr's legacy extends well beyond football.

Later, Starr worked in real estate and, along with his wife Cherry Starr, helped to start a ranch that provides mental health services, equine therapy and other supports to teens.



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