Bart Starr Biography – Bart Starr Wiki
Bart Starr born Bryan Bartlett Starr, was a professional American football player and coach.
Starr played for the Green Bay Packers from 1956 to 1971. The Packers selected Starr out of the University of Alabama with the 200th pick in the 1956 draft. He led Green Bay to six division titles, five NFL championships and wins in the first two Super Bowls.
Starr was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro. He won NFL titles in 1961, ’62, ’65, ’67 and ’68. He was the 1966 NFL MVP and was named to the 1960s All-Decade team. He also was named MVP of the first two Super Bowls.
When Starr retired following the 1971 season, his career completion percentage of 57.4 was tops in the run-heavy NFL, and his passer rating of 80.5 was second-best ever, behind only Otto Graham.
The team retired his No. 15 jersey in 1973, making him just the third player to receive that honor. Four years later, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Starr replaced Dan Devine as Packers head coach in 1975 and would be replaced himself by former teammate Forrest Gregg in 1984 after failing to lead the franchise to the kind of success he did as a player.
In nine seasons from 1975-83 as the team’s head coach, he won just 41 percent of his games, going 53-77-3, including 1-1 in the playoffs, part of three decades of futility that followed the glory years.
In 1965, Starr and his wife, Cherry, helped co-found Rawhide Boys Ranch in New London, Wisconsin, a facility designed to help at-risk and troubled boys throughout the state.
Bart Starr Age
Bart Starr was born on January 9, 1934 in Montgomery, Alabama. He died on May 26, 2019 in Birmingham, Alabama. He was aged 85.
Bart Starr Wife (Cherry Starr)
Starr was married to his wife Cherry Starr for more than six decades. They had two sons.
Bart Starr Children
Starr and his wife Cherry had two children, Bart Starr Jr. and Brett. Brett died in 1988 at 24 due to complications from cocaine addiction.
Bart Starr Family
Bart Starr’s parents were Benjamin Bryan Starr (1910–1985), a labor foreman with the state highway department, and Lula (Tucker) Starr (1916–1995). He had a younger brother, Hilton E. “Bubba” Starr.
Bart Starr Death
Starr died on May 26, 2019 in Birmingham, Alabama. Green Bay Packers confirmed his death in a statement.
In a family statement released by the Packers, Starr’s family wrote that “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 at 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.”
The family concluded: “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.”
A message from the family of Bart Starr pic.twitter.com/TmduH0EiZb
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) May 26, 2019
Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said in a statement: “The Packers Family was saddened today to learn of the passing of Bart Starr. 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 Cause of Death
Bart Starr’s cause of death was not revealed.
Bart Starr Health
He had been in failing health since suffering a serious stroke in 2014.
Bart Starr Net Worth
Bart Starr had an estimated net worth of $4 million.
Bart Starr Height
Bart Starr stood at a height of 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m).
Bart Starr Weight
He weighed 193 lb (88 kg).