|Birthdate:||January 9, 1934|
|Team/Year:||Green Bay; 1956-1971|
|MVP:||Super Bowl I, II|
|Other:||Inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.|
Bart Starr started slowly. A seventeenth-round draft choice of the Green Bay Packers in 1956, his playing time still was limited three years later. But Vince Lombardi took over as the teams's head coach in 1959 and, after tireless study of films, decided that he liked Starr's mechanics and would build his new team around him.
Under Lombardi's careful tutoring, Starr slowly gained confidence and in 1960 he led the Packers to the first of six division titles they would win in the 1960s. He led the league in passing three times and was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1966.
From 1960-67, Starr's won-lost record as the starting quarterback was a sizzling 82-24-4, and the Packers won NFL championships in 1961, 1962, 1965, and 1966. They also won the first two Super Bowls in 1967 and 1968. Strangely, even though Starr was named MVP in Super Bowl I and II, he received only minimum fanfare while his more publicized teammates captured the headlines.
Maybe it was because Starr, the calm leader of a balanced, precision attack, made it all look so easy. He never threw as many as 300 pass in one season, a situation which may have helped create the illusion he was only an average passer. Perhaps it was because some felt, with the Packers' great array of talent in the 1960s, any quarterback could have been successful.
But knowledgeable football observers knew better. One rival coach said, "I wish there were a way to ban Bart Starr from playing against us. For the Packers, he is the perfect quarterback."