GREEN BAY — The Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Sept. 15 honored legendary Quarterback Bart Starr during a special halftime ceremony.
Starr died at the age of 85 on Sunday, May 26, 2019 in Birmingham, Alabama after a period of failing health due to the stroke he had suffered earlier in 2014.
Starr got one more rousing ovation in Green Bay. His wife Cherry was escorted from the tunnel by Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre and her son Bart Jr. to midfield, where she hugged commissioner Roger Goodell. Team president Mark Murphy presented her a 1960s helmet with a number 15 decal in honor of her husband, who died at age 85 in late May.
“His story is one of the truly great success stories in the NFL,” said Murphy. “From the 17th round draft choice, to one of the greatest players in the history of the NFL. I know it’s been an emotional week for you as we celebrate the life of your beloved Bart.”
Cherry Starr thanked the organization, Goodell and the fans, saying, “For 63 years, you have loved and embraced us and supported us.” The team then played a tribute video for the quarterback who led Green Bay to five NFL championships and wins in the first two Super Bowls.
Starr played college football at the University of Alabama, and was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the 17th round of the 1956 NFL Draft, where he played for them until 1971.
Starr was the only quarterback in NFL history to lead a team to three consecutive league championships (1965–1967). Starr led his team to victories in the first two Super Bowls: I and II.
“My dad’s been here since they built this stadium, and he’s here today especially because of Bart Starr,” said Linda Just, Packers fan.
“What a kind man he is,” said Vincent Mendez, Vikings fan. “What he’s done for the community — what a kind man.”
As the Packers’ head coach, he was less successful, compiling a 52–76–3 (.408) record from 1975 through 1983.
Starr was named the Most Valuable Player of the first two Super Bowls, and during his career, earned four Pro Bowl selections. He won the league MVP award in 1966. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Packers Hall of Fame in 1977. Starr has the highest postseason passer rating (104.8) of any quarterback in NFL history and a postseason record of 9–1. His career completion percentage of 57.4 was an NFL best when he retired in 1972. Starr also held the Packers’ franchise record for games played (196) for 32 years, through the 2003 season.