Broncos GM John Elway posts tribute to late Packers QB Bart Starr

The Green Bay Packers announced Sunday that Packers legend Bart Starr has passed away at age 85.

Starr, a Montgomery native, had been in declining health since suffering a major stroke in 2014.

Starr, who played for the Packers from 1956-71, previously suffered two heart attacks and a serious stroke in 2014. He also served as head coach of the Packers from 1975-'83, compiling a 52-76-3 record.

Starr played college football at the University of Alabama and went on to play for the Green Bay Packers.

Starr's death was reported Sunday by the Packers on Twitter.

He made one of his final public appearances on November 25 of past year, attending the jersey retirement ceremony for quarterback Brett Favre at Lambeau Field.

"His true legacy will always be the respectful manner in which he treated every person he met, his humble demeanour, and his generous spirit", read a family statement. After taking an early 14-0 lead, Green Bay trailed 17-14 late in the fourth quarter. "The problem was that down there the ground had become so hard and frozen-like that it was slippery, and so you had to make sure you had your footing and so forth that it could take you to get started to take you into the end zone", he said.

Starr on playing under the strict Coach Lombardi: "I loved the meetings".

Starr led the league in passer rating five times in the 1960s and was named league MVP in 1966.

Starr himself admitted he chose the play that would become one of the most well-known in Packers history.

Starr was Most Valuable Player of both Super Bowls I & II, and posted a 9-1 playoff record, with 15 touchdown passes and just three interceptions.

After football, Starr, became a successful businessman in Birmingham, Alabama, not far from his hometown of Montgomery, where he was born on January 9, 1934.

But it is his moment of glory in the 1967 "Ice Bowl" NFL championship for which he will be remembered.

Starr is the third of Lombardi's dozen Hall of Famers to die in the past eight months. They called on Bart Starr.

Halfback Donny Anderson slipped twice on handoffs, so Starr called timeout, went to the sideline and suggested a sneak because of the poor traction. He then spent two years as a broadcaster with CBS before being named Green Bay's head coach and general manager on Christmas Eve 1974.

Starr has an National Football League award named after him, given annually to a player of outstanding character.


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