By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
One of the greatest players in Green Bay Packers history is no longer with us. Legendary quarterback Bart Starr has died.
Starr was 85. He also was a five-time champion as a player.
Starr died in Birmingham, Alabama. He was part of the first two Super Bowl teams on Vince Lombardi’s team.
“We are saddened to note the passing of our husband, father, grandfather and friend, Bart Starr,” family members said in a statement. “He battled with courage and determination to transcend the serious stroke he suffered in September 2014, but his most recent illness was too much to overcome.
“While he may always be best known for his success as the Packers quarterback for 16 years, his true legacy will always be the respectful manner in which he treated every person he met, his humble demeanor, and his generous spirit.”
Starr suffered a stroke in Sept. 2014. Several years ago, he made his final appearance at Lambeau Field in Oct. 2017.
His number is retired by the Packers. His No. 15 is one of six retired by the team.
As a Packers player, he was a member of the team from 1956 through 1971. He appeared in 196 games with 157 starts. As a starter, he went 94-57-6.
He went 1,808 of 3,149 for 24,718 yards. He also had 152 touchdowns and 138 interceptions.
“Our family wishes to thank the thousands of friends and fans who have enriched his life – and therefore our lives – for so many decades and especially during the past five years,” the family statement also said. “Each letter, text, phone call, and personal visit inspired him and filled him with joy.
“His love for all of humanity is well known, and his affection toward the residents of Alabama and of Wisconsin filled him with gratitude. He had hoped to make one last trip to Green Bay to watch the Packers this fall, but he shall forever be there in spirit.”