Thank you, Bart Starr.
The Green Bay Packers announced on Sunday that Bart Starr has passed away.
One of the greatest players in franchise history, Starr had a legendary career in Green Bay. Starr led the Packers to five NFL championships and victories in the first two Super Bowls. He was named Super Bowl MVP in both.
A four-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro, and the league MVP in 1966, Starr was one of the best quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL.
After his incredible 16-year career as a player came to an end, Starr became the Packers quarterbacks coach, and then the head coach three years later.
Starr’s No. 15 jersey was retired by the Packers in 1973, and he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.
In his career, Starr threw for 24,718 yards, which is still the third-most in franchise history behind Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, according to Pro Football Reference. He had 152 passing touchdowns with 138 interceptions.
But Starr’s best performances were saved for when it mattered the most, in the playoffs. He played in 10 playoff games, and the Packers went an incredible 9-1 in those games. Starr threw for 1,753 yards, 15 touchdowns and just three interceptions in his 10 postseason games.
Starr wasn’t just an incredible player, but more importantly, he was also a great man.
Packers Team Historian Cliff Christl wrote:
"“Bart and Cherry were generous benefactors to many organizations and causes, most notably Rawhide Boys Ranch, which was established in 1965 near New London, Wis., to serve at-risk youth and families.”"
For all of Starr’s incredible work on and off the football field, he will always be remembered as a Green Bay Packers legend.
From everyone at Lombardi Ave, our thoughts are with the Starr family. Thank you, Bart Starr.