Packers legend Bart Starr dies at age 85

Packers legend Bart Starr dies at age 85

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Packers legend Bart Starr dies at age 85 Starr led one of sports most famous dynasties, the 1960s Packers, to five NFL championships. He was MVP of Super Bowls I and II. Starrs most famous moment came in the brutal cold of Lambeau Field in the 1967 NFL championship game against the Dallas Cowboys. The temperature was 13 degrees below zero and the Packers trailed 17 14 with five minutes left. Starr marched the Packers down to the 1 yard line in the final minute, and then told coach Vince Lombardi during a timeout that he could get enough footing to score on a quarterback sneak. Starr got in the end zone, the Packers moved on to Super Bowl II, and the Ice Bowl became one of the most famous games in NFL history. Starr started his pro career in 1956 at the age of 22 after being drafted in the 17th round out of the University of Alabama. He was an unlikely star for Lombardis Packers. Starr hadnt established himself as a viable NFL quarterback before 1959, when Lombardi arrived in Green Bay. By the end of the 1960 season, Starr was leading the Packers in an NFL championship game loss against the Philadelphia Eagles. That loss to the Eagles was Starrs first postseason game. It would end up being his only postseason loss. Starr never lost another elimination game, winning each of his final nine playoff games. Starr led the Packers to championships in 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966 and 1967. The final two seasons were the first two years of the Super Bowl era. In 10 career playoff games, Starr threw for 15 touchdowns and just three interceptions. Starr was also an unlikely match for Lombardi because the men were much different. Starr was always known for being a calm and polite man. Lombardi was never known for being calm. One time after Lombardi yelled at Starr in front of the team, Starr asked if the coach could criticize him privately if he needed to because he couldnt lead the team if the coach was going to undermine him like that. Lombardi didnt yell at Starr in front of the team after that, and the two went on to become arguably the most successful coach quarterback combination in NFL history. He retired after a 16 year career that consisted of 24,718 yards, 152 touchdowns and a 94 57 6 record. He later served as the Packers head coach in the late 70s and early 80s. Starr was inducted to the Packers Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame 1977, his first year of eligibility. His No. 15 was retired two years after he retired. Although Starr was mild mannered in public, he was known as a tough quarterback, mentally and physically. Starr battled back from his 2014 health scares and was part of a Lambeau Field ceremony when fellow legend Brett Favre had his number retired on Thanksgiving in 2015. More from Yahoo Sports:

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