GREEN BAY – Bart Starr, winner of five NFL championships and a Green Bay Packers legend at the quarterback position, died at the age of 85 on Sunday, the team announced.
Starr was named MVP of the first two Super Bowls, his last two titles won with the Packers. He lead the franchise to the 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, and 1967 championships. He is the only quarterback in NFL history to lead his team to three straight titles.
His family issued the following statement: “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.”
Starr and Vince Lombardi ushered in a golden age of Packers football, guiding the franchise to dynastic heights in the 1960’s. Starr spent his 16-year career only wearing the green and gold of the Packers, finishing with 24,718 passing yards and 152 touchdown passes. His No. 15 jersey number was retired by the team in 1973, and Starr was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame four years later in 1977.