Along with his great attitude and skill, Starr became one of the best legendary players of the National Football League to this day. Without him, the long –known idols people look up to now would just be a list of has-beens. The spirit in this great athlete alone was extraordinary, but his skills and abilities made him by far the coolest quarterback of the first two championships of NFL history.
In 1977 he was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame. Starr has won a number of awards, including NFL Award for Citizenship and the Byron White Award. Bart Starr was the man who made the Packers click and he will always be respected for his hardworking attitude and perseverance. Today, he runs Healthcare Realty Management and is Co-Founder of the Rawhide Boys Ranch, a place which assists boys in trouble.
Starr was voted to four Pro Bowls during his career (1960-62, 66) and won the league MVP award in 1966. Starr's '62 campaign included a career-high 2,438 yards passing and marked the first of four seasons in which he led the league in passing percentage (62.5). The second was in 1966, when he completed 62.2 percent of his passes for 2,257 yards and 14 touchdowns with only 3 interceptions.
His many awards include MVP in the first two Super Bowls, NFL Man of the Year, Professional Player of the Decade and winner of the Byron White Award (NFL's award for citizenship and the person who best displays the qualities of a true professional athlete). He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977. In 1997, he was honored with the Vince Lombardi Award of Excellence (past recipients have included George Bush, Norman Schwarzkopf and Pete Rozelle). Athletes in Action established the Bart Starr Award, which is given annually to one NFL player who exemplifies leadership and humanitarianism. Recipients since 1988 have included Steve Largent, Mike Singletary, Anthony Munoz and Reggie White.
By 1960, Starr led Green Bay to the Western Division championship, the first in a long run of successes for the Packers. Starr ended up playing for 15 years as a quarterback and rose to become one the greatest players the team has seen. He held several NFL passing records, including the lifetime record of completing 57.4 percent of his passes over a 16-year period. He led the league in passing three times. Starr used his astuteness and skill to lead the Packers to five NFL titles and two Super Bowl Championships. He was honored three times as Most Valuable Player- once as a Green Bay Packer MVP in 1966 and MVP of Super Bowls I and II. After his playing career ended, Starr remained with the team he built and took on the role of head coach from 1975 to 1983.
Bart Starr was a 17th round draft choice of the Green Bay Packers in 1956. Three years later, his playing time was still limited and his football future appeared in doubt. That’s when Vince Lombardi took over as the Packers coach, an event that may have saved Bart's NFL career. Lombardi, in tireless study of films, found that he liked Bart's mechanics, his arm, his ball-handling techniques and, most of all, his decision-making abilities. Under Vince's careful nurturing, Starr gained the confidence to become one of the NFL's great field leaders.
Bart arrived at Green Bay training camp as the #3 quarterback. Head coach Scooter McLean actually thought Starr might do them more good as a linebacker due to his impressive size and speed combination. Bart was determined to make it as a quarterback, but he didn't have the backfield discipline necessary to compete in the NFL. He was allowed sparing time in the thrower's spot, and he had a relatively impressive backup season. One year later, McLean was out, and a little known Giants assistant named Vince Lombardi stepped in. Starr quickly became a coach's favorite for his dog-eared mentality. From 1958 to 1960, Starr served as the backup quarterback, racking up nearly 3000 yards passing but being plagued by interceptions throughout. In 1961, however, Bart was handed the starting reins. It would be the last time anyone but Starr started for the Packers for ten years.
Starr, unlike our present-day professionals, could have been known as a normal neighborhood father. He barbecued dinner for the family, taught his children how to play popular sports, and carried on normal conversations with his neighbors. Not once did the subject of football come into the discussion. Bart didn’t care about the fact of being a professional football player, and he never used it to become popular around his friends. This side of Bart, although, wasn’t only seen by his friends, he exposed almost the same personality on the field.
Bart Starr was quarterback for the University of Alabama from 1952-1956.
Bryan Bartlett Starr was born January 9, 1934, in Montgomery, the son of Ben and Lula Starr. As the son of a master sergeant in the Army Air Corps during World War II, Starr learned the value of discipline and order early in his life. He lived briefly in Columbia, Tennessee; Gainesville, Florida; and Ord Village, California, returning to Montgomery shortly before entering the first grade. Bart's younger brother, Hilton, died from an infection at age 11, when Bart was 13.