Bart Starr, the Hall of Fame quarterback has died at the age of 85. Mr. Starr had been in failing health since 2014 when he suffered a heart attack and two strokes.
Starr was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 1977 after playing for 16 years as a Green Bay Packer, leading them to five NFL Championships and victories in the first two Super Bowls. Personal awards include being picked four times for Pro-Bowl, two times as an All Pro, being selected as the 1966 NFL Most Valuable Player, the Most Valuable Player for the first two Super Bowls and selected to the All Decade Team for the 1960s. The NFL also named an award after him. The Bart Starr Award is given out annually to a player of outstanding character. The Green Bay Packers retired Starr’s jersey in 1973 (as just the third player to ever receive that honor). What a legacy!
I have always been a Chicago Bears fan, but also a Bart Starr fan. I can remember watching Starr dive into the end zone for the winning touchdown with just seconds remaining in the NFL Championship game in 1967! When we played football, all of the kids wanted to be Bart Starr when quarterbacking (myself included — even if he wasn’t a Bear). And could there have been a cooler name for a NFL quarterback than Bart Starr?
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Starr’s family, friends and fans.