On Sunday, the Green Bay Packers announced that legendary QB Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85.
Statement from Starr’s family:
“We are saddened to note the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Bart Starr. 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.”
Statement from Packers president Mark Murphy:
“The Packers Family was saddened today to learn of the passing of Bart Starr. A champion on and off the field, Bart epitomized class and was beloved by generations of Packers fans. A clutch player who led his team to five NFL titles, Bart could still fill Lambeau Field with electricity decades later during his many visits. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Cherry and the entire Starr family.”
Starr suffered a serious stroke back in 2014 and had dealt with health complications since then, but still managed to take a few trips back to Green Bay.
For his career, Starr threw for 24,718 yards while completing 57.4 percent of his passes for 152 touchdowns and 138 interceptions over the course of 16 seasons and 196 games. He elected to the Hall of Fame and was a four-time Pro Bowler and a first-team All-Pro selection in 1966. He helped the Packers win five titles including the first two Super Bowls.
Our condolences go out to Starr’s family.