Watch the Pro Football Hall of Fame's tribute to Bart Starr

Oscar Cross
May 28, 2019

During their first few years as a franchise, the Minnesota Vikings struggled to defeat the Green Bay Packers, who were led by a future Hall of Fame quarterback in Bart Starr at the time.

He died Sunday in Birmingham, Ala and had been in failing health since suffering a serious stroke in 2014.

'We are saddened to note the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Bart Starr, ' it reads. "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", his family says in a statement.

Starr, who played with the Packers from 1956 until his retirement in 1971, led the team to victory in Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II in the early '60s. He also served as head coach of the Green Bay Packers from 1975 to 1983. He also earned the league's MVP Award in 1966 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977. His last appearance at Lambeau Field came the night Favre's number was retired in November 2015.

Starr did not make much of an impact in Green Bay his first three seasons, winning seven of 23 starts while throwing 19 touchdown passes with 32 interceptions.

What they said about him: "Bart Starr is a legend in so many ways!"

The Packers chose him out of Alabama with the 200th pick in the 1956 draft. Together with Lombardi, Starr compiled a record of 73-21-4 in regular season games and a sterling 9-1 postseason record, according to the Packers.

Bryan Bartlett Starr was born January 9, 1934, in Montgomery, Alabama. Driving more than 60 yards on the frozen turf against the Cowboys' "Doomsday Defense", the Packers were inches from their opponent's goal line with 16 seconds remaining.

"We all have a capacity to focus and to concentrate to a unique degree when we're called upon to do it", Starr said on the 30th anniversary of that game.

Halfback Donny Anderson slipped twice on handoffs, so Starr called timeout, went to the sideline and suggested a sneak because of the poor traction.

Former Minnesota quarterback Fran Tarkenton was one of these former players who shared a video on Sunday to give some of his thoughts on the passing of Starr.

The pair had been high school sweethearts and had two children together, Bart Starr Jr and Bret, the latter of whom died from a drug overdose in 1988.

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

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