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Packers legend Bart Starr dies at age 85

Bart Starr, Packers

The football community has lost a phenomenal person and player today. Bart Starr, the former quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, died at the age of 85 this morning.

Starr had been dealing with health issues, especially after he suffered a stroke in 2014. The former Packers quarterback will be remembered as a great role model on and off the field.

Starr is one of the most beloved players in Green Bay’s history—helping lead the Packers to two Super Bowl victories in the 1960s. Those two Super Bowls were the first two ever played in the NFL.

Starr played 16 seasons (all with the Packers) and totaled 24,718 passing yards, 152 touchdowns, and 138 interceptions. Those numbers may not seem impressive but it was a different league then and his play under center helped him lead Green Bay to five total championships and an MVP trophy.

One of Starr’s most memorable moments was when he rallied the Packers to a victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the 1967 NFL Championship game. The game is remembered as the “Ice Bowl” due to temperatures dipping below -16 degrees Fahrenheit.

To win the game, Starr took a quarterback sneak up the middle to win the game with a score of 21-17. Til this day, that game is remembered as one of the most memorable games in NFL history.

Starr exemplified what it meant to be a Green Bay Packer—showing true grit and competing at a high-level. Vince Lombardi and Starr are the two names you think of when speaking about the Packers.

Starr may have passed away but he will always be remembered and never forgotten.