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Brett Favre issues heartfelt statement on passing of Bart Starr

Brett Favre issues heartfelt statement on passing of Bart Starr

Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr has died at the age of 85.

His death was announced by the Packers, who said he had been in poor health since suffering a stroke in 2014. He was 85 and had been in failing health since 2014, when he suffered two strokes and a heart attack.

In a statement on the team website, Green Bay Packers historian Cliff Christl wrote that Starr was "maybe the most popular player in Packers history". Four years later, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

"While he may always be best known for his success as the Packers quarterback for 16 years, his true legacy will always be the most respectful manner in which he treated every person he met, his humble demeanor, and his generous spirit", Starr's family said in a statement.

Arguably the greatest Green Bay Packers player of all time has passed away. "The problem was that down there the ground had become so hard and frozen-like that it was slippery, and so you had to make sure you had your footing and so forth that it could take you to get started to take you into the end zone", he said. Starr led the Packers to championships in 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966 and 1967.

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Because of his up-and-down college career, Starr lasted until the 17th round of the 1956 National Football League draft, where the Packers selected him.

Starr played through 1971, when he retired after 16 seasons and a 94-57-6 record. The teams he coached never reached the heights of the teams he quarterbacked, finishing 52-76-3 in his tenure with just one playoff berth.

It was New Years' Eve, 1967, and the temperature was minus 15; thus, the game was called the "Ice Bowl".

Starr was a part of the 1952 Alabama team that crushed Syracuse in the Orange Bowl, finishing with a No. 9 ranking and a 10-2 record. Fighting a wind chill of 48 degrees below zero, the Packers trailed the Dallas Cowboys 17-14 late in the fourth quarter. He was also involved in a number of charitable works, including the Rawhide Boys Ranch, the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation and the Starr Children's fund. It's no surprise that Favre thought so highly of Starr, as the two could certainly relate to one another. The even-mannered Starr was the ideal complement for the fiery Lombardi.

In 1965, Starr and his wife, Cherry, helped co-found Rawhide Boys Ranch in New London, Wisconsin, a facility created to help at-risk and troubled boys throughout the state. He then spent two years as a broadcaster with CBS before being named Green Bay's head coach and general manager on Christmas Eve 1974.