Bart Starr

As a player

As a coach

  • Green Bay Packers (1975-1983)
  • 4 × Pro Bowl (1960, 1961, 1962, 1966)
  • 4 × All-Pro (1961, 1962, 1964, 1966)
  • 5 × NFL Champion (1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967)
  • 2 × Super Bowl winners (I, II)
  • 2 × Super Bowl MVP (Super Bowl I, Super Bowl II)
  • 1966 NFL Most Valuable Player Award
  • NFL 1960s All- Decade Team
  • Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame
  • Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Back number blocked by the Packers

Bryan Bartlett "Bart " Starr ( born January 9, 1934 in Montgomery, Alabama ) is an American former American football player and coach. He is considered one of the best quarterbacks in the history of the National Football League ( NFL) and won with the Green Bay Packers five times the NFL Championship, including the first two Super Bowls. In both Super Bowls, he was elected to the Super Bowl MVP and he is since 1977 a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


Starr grew up as the son of an American soldier initially in his native city. The family was forced to move but again and again because of the service obligation of his father. Starr had a younger brother who died of an infection at the age of eleven years. He was at that time 13 years old. After the family moved back to Alabama, he attended in his hometown high school and was able to play in 1950 as a quarterback.

Playing career


After leaving school, he began studying at the University of Alabama and played from 1952, as in high school, in their football team, the Crimson Tide, as a quarterback. His career with the Crimson Tide was not very successful. Often he came only as a substitute for use, the 1955 season also was disastrous for the team - all ten games lost. This result should have mean the end of his career. However, the coach of the basketball team his college his adopted and recommended him to a responsible person of the Green Bay Packers.


Starr was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the 17th round as the 200th player in the NFL Draft 1956. The relative late choice by the Packers makes it clear that it was not very convinced of his abilities. He played first only as a backup and got little playing time. In 1957, he managed to establish itself as a starter. 1959 took over as coach Vince Lombardi in Green Bay. This meant the final turning point for the career of Bart Starr.

Lombardi, who was notorious for his harsh training methods began to build Starr a powerful football team. He guessed at his young quarterback whose casting accuracy and its nerves. Gradually, the team was strengthened and committed some of the best players of that era. Furthermore succeeded Lombardi to bring already in the team players to their limits. Players like the Halfback Paul Hornung, the fullback Jim Taylor, the wide receiver Boyd Dowler and Max McGee, and the offensive tackle Forrest Gregg and linebacker Ray Nitschke made ​​the Packers to the team of the 1960s. Numerous offense - Starr players had this for his precise passes available. Starr could have a role to run with the ball and achieve touchdowns.

Five times succeeded Starr with his team to win the NFL Championship -. 1961, 1962 and 1965 to 1967 Winning the NFL championships in 1966 and 1967 qualified the team for each of the AFL- NFL World Championship Games in 1967 and 1968, the NFL. and the American Football League ( AFL) had not been united at that time and played their first separated from master. In 1967, this changed. The two games were later renamed Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II. Both games won by the Packers in 1967 against the Kansas City Chiefs at 35:10 and 1968 against the Oakland Raiders at 33:14. In both games, Starr was voted Super Bowl MVP. Legendary was the Super Bowl II upstream NFL Championship game against the Dallas Cowboys, the so-called Ice Bowl. Although the Packers were 16 seconds left in the game against the Cowboys with 17:14 in arrears, succeeded Starr to score a touchdown with a run. The Packers emerged as the winners from the square.

Starr finished his career in 1971. Get him in the regular season touchdown passes and 152 15 touchdowns through their own runs. 138 of his passes were intercepted ( interception ).


Immediately after his playing career, Starr was an assistant coach with the Packers. In 1975 he was promoted to head coach. His record as a head coach, however, is modest. His pastimes 52 have been obtained are compared with 76 defeats. Only in the 1982 season, he managed to collect with his team in the play-offs. There were first the St. Louis Cardinals at 41:16 defeated before you had to admit defeat to the Dallas Cowboys with 37:26. Starr finished after his football career.


Starr was elected four times to the Pro Bowl. In 1966, he was the NFL Player of the Year. He is a member of the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the NFL 1960s All- Decade Team. His jersey number 15 is no longer awarded by the Packers. He was elected by the newspaper The Sporting News as one of the greatest football players of all time in 1999.

After the career

Starr is married to a childhood friend and had two children. 1988 his son died at the age of 24 years of heart rhythm disorder. In 1989 he moved at the request of his second son back to Alabama. He owns a marketing company and a company that is planning new hospital buildings. In 2006, he sat down to rest. Starr is still socially engaged, encourages still coming young players and supports the education of maladjusted adolescents.

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