Hall of Fame football player Bart Starr died May 26 in Birmingham, Alabama at the age of 85. While an official cause of death has not been given, Starr had been in failing health over the past few years as a result of two strokes and a heart attack.
A quarterback, Starr was known for his graceful throwing movements that turned a run heavy league into one that has become known for its passing team leaders.
Starr played for Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers and helped to lead the Packers to six division titles, five NFL championships, and two Super Bowls. Star was also selected to the Pro Bowl four times during his playing career and a three time Most Valuable Player.
The Green Bay Packers drafted Starr from the University of Alabama Crimson Tide in 1956. Starr was drafted in the 17th round – number 200.
Considered one of the greatest Packers players, Starr’s uniform number 15 was retired in 1973 and in 1977 he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. With a winning percentage of .900, Starr holds the record for postseason wins and for the highest postseason passer rating at 104.8.
In 1975, the Packers hired Starr to be the team’s head coach but he was replaced in 1984 after a winning game success rate of only 40 percent.
A humanitarian, Starr and his wife Cherry co-founded a facility for at trouble youth known as the Rawhide Boys Ranch.
Like Walter Payton, Bart Starr has an award named for him. The award that is given to the player with the most character has Starr’s name upon it.
Bryan Bartlett Starr was born on January 9, 1934 in Montgomery. Alabama; the oldest of two sons to a military man.
Predeceased by his son Brett, Starr is survived by his wife Cherry of over 60 years, son Bart Jr, and grandchildren.
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