Bart Starr remembered as one of NFL’s greatest heroes

AP

Bart Starr died two weeks ago at the age of 85. The MVP of the first two Super Bowls was remembered at a public memorial event in his native Alabama on Sunday, Greg Garrison of al.com reports.

Starr’s family also plans a private funeral.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was among those who spoke at the event attended by several hundred people Sunday.

Goodell called Starr “the most decent man I ever met,” recalling the hand-written letters he received from the Hall of Fame quarterback before the start of every season.

“Bart Starr will always be the league’s true north,” Goodell said, via Garrison.

David Baker, the president of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, said the NFL has never “had a greater hero than Bart Starr.”

“This is a man who made history every time he stepped on a field and every time he had a conversation off it,” Baker said.

Starr’s wife, Cherry, and son, Bart Starr Jr., were among others who spoke at the memorial.

The Packers have announced plans for tributes to Starr during the 2019 season.

Starr led the Packers to six division titles, five NFL championships and wins in the first two Super Bowls. He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro.

23 responses to “Bart Starr remembered as one of NFL’s greatest heroes

  1. I am fortunate enough to have seen him play many times and he was certainly one of the very best and determined players, and person, who have ever played the game. I will never forget Bart Starr.

  2. So glad he is getting this recognition. Far from a true athletic qb, all he did was win. Thanks for the memories Bart. Us old fans love you.

  3. It is wonderful to see the outpouring of admiration Bart Starr continues receive. He affected so many people with such a positive impact. It looks like his legend will continue to grow. That is a very good thing for all of us.

  4. Leave it to bitter, disgruntled Vikings fans, to be the only people angry enough to thumbs-down these comments. No point in feeling sorry for these clowns, their despair and misery couldn’t happen to a more deserving fan base. Unreal.

  5. Grew up watching legends like Bart Starr. Sadly, kids today get no talent flunkies like Kaepernick.

  6. The thing is…….he was a great player and person in real-time, not just in-memorium.

  7. domedaddy says:
    June 9, 2019 at 11:50 pm
    So glad he is getting this recognition. Far from a true athletic qb, all he did was win. Thanks for the memories Bart. Us old fans love you.

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    Kind words, sir. Us young fans love Bart Starr too…

  8. WDS says:
    June 10, 2019 at 6:54 am
    Grew up watching legends like Bart Starr. Sadly, kids today get no talent flunkies like Kaepernick.

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    Pretty sad you’ve never heard of Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Phillip Rivers, Drew Brees, Patick Mahomes, Andrew Luck, Matt Ryan, DeShaun Watson, Kirk Cousins, Dak Prescott, or any number of NFL quarterbacks with plenty of talent, tons of class, and who are currently playing. Bummer for you.

  9. Had the privilege of meeting Mr. Starr once. He was as kind, humble, and gracious as he is often said to be – even moreso.
    Top notch QB and human for both the Crimson Tide and the Packers.

  10. If you can’t understand the outpouring of love for a quality individual such as Bart Starr was, I feel sorry for you.
    I first saw Starr play in 1960 against the Eagles in the NFL championship game. I was born in South Philly and we moved to Germany when I was a baby because my dad put a career in the Army. When we got back to the states we moved first to Fort Meyer, Virginia, and then to Norristown, Pa to be near my dad’s mom because she was ill.
    All the kids and teachers at school were big-time Eagles fans, and by the time the NFL championship game arrived, I had become a huge football fan because my oldest brother was playing in junior high school and I’d go watch him. Everyone was rooting for the Eagles, of course, and I had seen a color photo of the Packers and Eagles on a magazine in a store. I thought the Packers uniforms were much neater than the Eagles, so I started to become a Packers fan right then and there.
    Long story short — the Eagles won that championship game when the great Eagles LB’er/center tackled the Packers FB Jimmy Taylor on the Eagles 10 yard line as time expired. It was the only championship game Lombardi’s Packers ever lost. Bart Starr was interviewed a few times after the game and he could not have been more gracious toward the Eagles in defeat. That was it. I was hooked on him and those upstart Packers and all these years later, I still am.
    Bart was an all time great QB and an all time great human being. I shed a tear when I heard he had passed, because part of my childhood went with him. I loved Bart Starr and only wish the young fans today could have seen him as I did when I was their age. He was a marvelous player who always played his best in big games, and he was the most humble superstar you could ever see.
    Thanks to all fans of all teams who have said nice things about Bart since his passing. It chokes me up to see how he touched fans who weren’t even Packers fans.
    To those of you who give thumbs down on these nice comments, I just don’t understand you. What makes you so miserable that you feel compelled to do this? Are you that heartless that you can’t just stay out of it so as not to make yourselves look so ignorant?

  11. If you gave a thumbs down to any of these comments your not worth knowing. He was one of the great men, and great men deserve their recognition. Give it to those who deserve it or take your place among the small minded ignorant people. RIP Bart, we loved you dearly. Go Packers.

  12. The thumbs-down are the Viking troll usual suspects. Bitterness and jealousies can’t be controlled very easily when you’ve got the inherited genes of frustration coursing through your veins, handed down from multiple generations all suffering from futile wishful-thinking.

    On a separate note…….the McCartney concert at Lambeau was indescribably awesome. Enjoying life just seems easier as a Packer fan. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Have a great day everybody!

  13. nyneal says:
    June 10, 2019 at 8:31 am
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    nyneal; I very much enjoyed your background story, and Packer fans everywhere appreciate your support and acknowledgment of this unique franchise. Thank you.

  14. “Leave it to bitter, disgruntled Vikings fans, to be the only people angry enough to thumbs-down these comments. No point in feeling sorry for these clowns, their despair and misery couldn’t happen to a more deserving fan base. Unreal.”

    The thumbs downers are all simply angry trump supporters who cant stand a Hero like Bart Starr who accomplished so much on and off the field while alive getting more accolades than their hero obstructionist in the White House.

  15. billh1947 says:
    June 10, 2019 at 10:17 am

    The thumbs downers are all simply angry trump supporters who cant stand a Hero like Bart Starr who accomplished so much on and off the field while alive getting more accolades than their hero obstructionist in the White House.
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    LOL. Hate to inform you, but there’s no such thing as an angry Trump supporter. We’re all quite thrilled, thanks. Go back to being woke, or whatever you people are.

  16. As a female Bears fan I applaud the great Packers fans and all their celebrations honoring Bart’s life. The Packers are our greatest rival and eventhough we have a very good fan base in Chicago the Packers fan base is the greatest in the NFL.

    Rest in peace Bart Starr.

  17. Leave it to bitter, disgruntled Vikings fans, to be the only people angry enough to thumbs-down these comments. No point in feeling sorry for these clowns, their despair and misery couldn’t happen to a more deserving fan base. Unreal.

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    Wow. we’re evening getting blamed for ‘thumbs down’ now. That’s hilarious.
    Sensitive much??

  18. To anyone that put a “thumbs down” on these heartfelt comments, I’d really like to meet you in person. Let me know if that’s possible.

  19. Starr led the Packers to six division titles, five NFL championships and wins in the first two Super Bowls. He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro.
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    3-peat
    Highest rated post-season passer of all-time
    9-1 post-season record

    .. arguably the GOAT

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