Grief weighs heavy on the hearts of every Packers fan after the NFL legend Bart Starr died Sunday, May 26. According to the club’s officials, Starr passed away in his home in Birmingham, Alabama. He was 85.
Starr will forever be remembered as the well-mannered, exceptionally talented quarterback that lead the Green Bay Packers to five NFL championships, six division titles, and two consecutive Super Bowl trophies.
The Packer’s president, Mark Murphy, shares his sentiment and fondly remembers Bart Starr as the player who epitomized class and brought joy to generations of Packers fans. Starr was the glue that held the team together and led Packers to win the renowned “Ice Bowl” in 1967.
After a successful 15-year career playing as the quarterback for Green Bay Packers, Starr decided to coach the team for eight seasons. Even decades after his retirement, Starr would still frequent Lambeau Field, creating the same electric atmosphere as in his prime days.
Starr had his No. 15 jersey retired in 1973, making him one of the only three players in the club’s history to receive this distinct honor. In 1977, Starr got his spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
The famed quarterback first joined the Green Bay Packers after the 1956 draft. His college football career at the University of Alabama wasn’t all that impressive. In fact, it was only after Lombardi arrived at the Lambeau Field that Starr truly started to shine. He pushed Starr to further develop his mechanical skills and leverage his exceptional, split-second decision making to become one of the very best.
Arguably even more impressive than Bart Starr’s many achievements throughout his career is his ever-friendly attitude towards other players and fans, as well as all of Alabama’s residents. In the official statement, the University of Alabama recalls that Starr was “a legend both on and off the field.”
Starr was the epitome of sportsmanship and presented the Packers and the Alabama University in the best possible light, wherever he went. He will forever be remembered as the gentlemanly quarterback, and many believe he continues to be with the Green Bay Packers in spirit.