Green Bay Packers to honor Bart Starr this season
The Green Bay Packers lost one of their most iconic players last month when quarterback legend Bart Starr passed away. Now, the team is prepared to honor his legacy and life this season.
According to Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette (via Pro Football Talk), the Packers will be announcing plans to celebrate Starr’s life and football career as early as Friday. Bart Starr Jr., the son of the late quarterback, said that the hope is to get everything finalized, with Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy saying last week that an early home game this fall would be chosen as the date.
“We’ll know something soon,” Starr Jr. said Thursday. “I’m hoping, actually, within maybe 24 to 48 hours we’ll get all the details finalized on that. That’d be great.”
Although details are unknown as of right now, it’s likely that some sort of commemoration will occur either during halftime of a game or perhaps prior to the game’s start.
A private ceremony for Starr was held last week in Birmingham, with Packers quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre attending. A public memorial for Starr will be held on Sunday at Samford University in Birmingham and will include Hall of Fame President David Baker and former Packers center Bill Curry as speakers, among his family and friends.
The legendary quarterback was drafted 200th overall by the Packers in 1956, and helped lead the team out of obscurity and into notoriety, as he and Vince Lombardi captured five NFL Championships and two Super Bowl titles en route to making the Packers one of the most well-known and beloved franchises in football.