Bart Starr undergoing stem cell treatments after strokes


Hall of Fame Packers quarterback Bart Starr has been in failing health for several months, but his family said in a statement released today that there is some room for optimism, thanks to an experimental treatment.

“Following Bart’s strokes, our family began to investigate numerous therapy options. Several months ago we applied for and were accepted into a clinical trial using stem cells. Friday we safely returned home from the first of the two treatments,” the Starr family said. “While we welcome everyone’s interest and support of Bart’s health, at this time, we’d like to allow him a chance to fully participate in the clinical trial and let the results, if any, to speak for themselves. At an appropriate time in the future, our family looks forward to sharing the details of Bart’s participation in this most important clinical exploration of what role stem cells may play in the treatment of stroke. Until then, we continue to thank you for all of your love and prayers. Your support has given us much strength over the past nine months. Bart joins me in sending our love and appreciation to all our special friends and fans. We are working hard toward the one goal he most cherishes: a return to Green Bay for a Packers game.”

The 81-year-old Starr played 16 seasons for the Packers and was the MVP of the first two Super Bowls. He was later the Packers’ head coach from 1975 to 1983.

37 responses to “Bart Starr undergoing stem cell treatments after strokes

  1. Kind of ironic this is all happening with the Brett Favre festivities only a few months away.

  2. By his own admission not one of the most entertaining or talented, but without a doubt one of the best men to every play the game. Proud to have his autograph on a copy of a September ’61 SI.

  3. Starr won primarily with his smarts. I don’t think there was any smarter quarterback than Starr during the time when they called their own plays.

    He’s also proven to be just an outstanding human being. Here’s wishing him the best of luck.

  4. Great football player, greater human being.

    Hope he progresses enough to be able to get back to Lambeau.

  5. If the last president had had his way, Mr. Starr wouldn’t be getting stem cell therapy. Here’s hoping for a strong recovery.

  6. pkrlvr says:
    Jun 17, 2015 2:01 PM

    If the last president had had his way, Mr. Starr wouldn’t be getting stem cell therapy. Here’s hoping for a strong recovery.

    That’s not true. The last president was against federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, which means stem cells are taken from fetuses. I’m sure Mr. Starr is undergoing therapy using adult stem cells.

  7. linemanguy74 says:
    Jun 17, 2015 2:18 PM
    1 -Farve

    I don’t agree with you, but I don’t disagree with you. I really don’t think you can even rank them. Three hall of fame quarterbacks right there. I’m not sure many teams can say that.

  8. God bless Bart , prayers are with you . One of the true legends of the game…

  9. 13realworldchampionshipguy:
    rated as teammates, can not recall Farve or Starr throwing teammates or coaching staff under the bus

  10. Praying for as good a recovery that could be expected. The strokes left Bart almost totally incapacitated. It would be grand to have him in GB for Thanksgiving day.
    I know it would make Brett very happy.
    When Brett had his personal issues in the mid 90’s, Bart was the one who gave him advice and help guide him down a better path of life along with Deanna. Brett never forgot and Bart is his personal hero.

  11. Don’t pray often, but am praying for him.
    Greatest of all time as far as I’m concerned. After the running game powered the Pack in the early ’60’s, it was the passing game that accounted for most of their success later, including the three in a row from ’65 – ’67. GB was 2nd, 1st, and 1st in yds. per pass attempt in those three seasons. Starr led the league in QB rating five times, and it wasn’t dink and dunk. His career avg. of 7.85 yds. per attempt is better than long-ball greats like Marino, Montana, Unitas, Tarkenton, Brodie, Bradshaw, Namath, Fouts, and Jurgenson. 9-1 record postseason with a 104.8 passer rating. There’s more, but the bottom line is that he was a leader his teammates loved and a winner without equal. Doesn’t get any better than Bart Starr.

  12. 13realworldchampionshipguy:
    rated as teammates, can not recall Farve or Starr throwing teammates or coaching staff under the bus

    Your memory as regards Favre is a bit faulty.

  13. linemanguy74 says:
    Jun 17, 2015 2:18 PM

    1 -Farve

    A purple troll trying to sully a thread about an ambassador of the NFL and one of the classiest people anyone would ever want to meet. He has been forever involved in charities up until the time of his stroke. Really do you have that little class trying to start a Favre argument because he played for the Vikings for 1 good year, really??

    As Packer fans we don’t rank our qb’s we just honor them because of the MVP’s & Titles they have brought the Packers along with the fans. Every one of us can cherish the moments of a NFL Title each one has brought us. It makes for great conversations between family and friends covering multiple generations something a Viking fan could not possibly understand.

  14. I hate to admit this as a Vikings fan, but Rodgers will go down as the best QB to ever play for the Packers. He’s already better than Favre and Starr from a talent perspective, but it will take awhile for him to match Starr’s championships.

    If only we picked Rodgers instead of Erasmus James and Troy Williamson.

  15. Hey Bart, Vince wants you to play a few more years down here. Here’s wishing a fast, full recovery to one of the classiest players to ever put on cleats.

  16. Much love to Mr. Starr and his family through this trying time… best of luck and best wishes to the Starr family and the man himself… GO PACK GO!!!

  17. whatjusthapped says:
    Jun 17, 2015 5:59 PM
    Bart Starr had two things that a Viking QB never had;
    1. Class
    2 superbowl ring.
    False – Favre.

  18. I am glad to see that the trolls left this story alone. There’s a rumor that they actually have souls, hearts, and blood in their veins.

  19. Great player. Could never coach or manage to save his soul. He bears the blame for the nightmare of 1970s packer teams and their futility.

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