Starr: From 3rd string to HOF

Legendary Packers QB waited three years to play

Mike Clemens
May 26, 2019 - 10:40 pm

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Green Bay, WI - Bart Starr had to work hard for everything he achieved as an NFL Hall of Fame quarterback. 

He played 16 years for the Green Bay Packers, only matched by one other player in the team's 100 year history, Brett Favre. 

I was surprised to hear of his passing Sunday at the age of 85 because we had just seen him on a video shot in his home in Alabama 3 weeks ago. He looked the best he's ever been in five years following a pair of strokes and a heart attack in September of 2014. He said hello to everyone in attendance at the Packers Hall of Fame Dinner and induction ceremony of former GM Ted Thompson. Bart even threw a pass with a regulation football across the room. His son, Bart Jr., in attendance at the event said that his father had made so much progress in the past year, Bart and his wife Cherry were seriously considering a return to Lambeau Field this season to see a game. 

But it was not meant to be. 

Cliff Christl was awarded the Bart Starr Integrity Award at that event earlier this May. Cliff has spent his entire life following the Packers. He was one of the very best beat reporters covering the team for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Now retired, Cliff serves as the Packers Team Historian, following in the footsteps of the legendary Lee Remmel. 

After accepting in the award, Cliff gave a dramatic speech not about himself, but about the man the award was named after, Bart Starr. 

Did you know the reason Starr wasn't drafted until the 17th round in 1956NFL draft was because he had injured his back during a ridiculous hazing incident on the Alabama campus? Rather than snitch on any of his classmates, Starr told officials he hurt his back while punting footballs.  

Here now is the story of Bart Starr, who was benched by Vince Lombardi, before he finally began his march into football immortality: READ MORE