Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers react to the passing of Packers legend Bart Starr
The NFL lost one of its greatest statesmen Sunday when Green Bay Packers legend Bart Starr passed away.
Starr was an NFL icon who won five championships, including two Super Bowls, during his 16 seasons with the Packers (1956-1971). Starr was a legend of the game who ended up leaving a lasting impression on dozens of current and former NFL quarterbacks, including two guys who followed him in Green Bay: Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers.
Favre and Rodgers were among the many members of the NFL community who shared their condolences on social media after Starr’s family announced his death.
Until Favre, Starr was widely considered the greatest Packer ever — and many likely still hold that belief. The two had been friends for years. The old gunslinger took to Twitter to express his condolences to the Starr family.
Bart Starr was the most kind, thoughtful and classiest person you could ever know. I consider myself extremely lucky to have called him friend and to have been mentioned in the same breath. Deanna and I are praying for Cherry and the Starr family. #RIPBartStarr
— Brett Favre (@BrettFavre) May 26, 2019
On Rodgers’ end, the current Packers quarterback used Instagram to share his memories of Starr. Rodgers and Starr had a close relationship that dated all the way back to 2008.
During an interview in September 2018, Rodgers admitted that Starr played a big part in his development in Green Bay.
“We love having the older generation around because that is what the Packers are all about,” Rodgers said. “It’s about the family and the organization and everybody respecting guys who played before. And Bart is that guy for me. He’s a perfect example of what it means to be an incredible player but a better person.
Rodgers shared three photos of Starr on Instagram, including two pictures that showed the two men hanging out together.