Reactions to the Passing of Bart Starr

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Paul Heling

Paul is an accomplished blogger for Midwest Communications. He covers the Packers from his base in Green Bay.
Paul Heling

Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr, who played for the Packers from 1956 to 1971 and served as head coach from 1975 to 1983, passed away Sunday morning in Birmingham, Alabama. Starr was 85, and had suffered a serious stroke in 2014.

“The Packers Family was saddened today to learn of the passing of Bart Starr,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. “A champion on and off the field, Bart epitomized class and was beloved by generations of Packers fans. A clutch player who led his team to five NFL titles, Bart could still fill Lambeau Field with electricity decades later during his many visits. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Cherry and the entire Starr family.”

Bart Starr at Lambeau Field on October 23rd, 2017

Message From the Starr Family

“We are saddened to note the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Bart Starr. He battled with courage and determination to transcend the serious stroke he suffered in September 2014, but his most recent illness was too much to overcome.

While he may always be best known for his success as the Packers quarterback for 16 years, his true legacy will always be the respectful manner in which he treated every person he met, his humble demeanor, and his generous spirit.

Our family wishes to thank the thousands of friends and fans who have enriched his life – and therefore our lives – for so many decades and especially during the past five years. Each letter, text, phone call, and personal visit inspired him and filled him with joy.

His love for all of humanity is well known, and his affection toward the residents of Alabama and of Wisconsin filled him with gratitude. He had hoped to make one last trip to Green Bay to watch the Packers this fall, but he shall forever be there in spirit.”

Last Visit to Green Bay

Bart Starr and family donated memorabilia to the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame on October 23rd, 2017, his last visit to Green Bay.

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