BART STARR

BART STARR

Class of 1977
Quarterback >>> 6-1, 197
(Alabama)
1956-1971 Green Bay Packers

Bryan Bartlett Starr. . .17th-round draft pick, 1956. . . Precision passer, poised team leader. . .Led Packers to six division, five NFL, two Super Bowl titles. . .NFL Most Valuable Player, 1966. . . MVP in Super Bowls I, II. . .Three-time NFL passing champion. . . In four Pro Bowls. . .Career passing totals: 24,718 yards, 152 TDs, 57.4 completion percentage. . .Born January 9, 1934, in Montgomery, Alabama.

Bart Starr was a 17th round draft choice of the Green Bay Packers in 1956. Three years later, his playing time was still limited and his football future appeared in doubt. That’s when Vince Lombardi took over as the Packers coach, an event that may have saved Bart's NFL career.

Lombardi, in tireless study of films, found that he liked Bart's mechanics, his arm, his ball-handling techniques and, most of all, his decision-making abilities. Under Vince's careful nurturing, Starr gained the confidence to become one of the NFL's great field leaders.

By 1960, Starr led Green Bay to the Western Division championship, the first in a long string of successes for Starr and the Packers. From 1960 through 1967, Bart's "won-lost record" was a sizzling 62-24-4 and the Packers won six divisional, five NFL, and the first two Super Bowl championships.

Although Starr seemed to receive minimal personal recognition for the team’s successes, knowledgeable football men knew who was making the Packers click. He was the perfect quarterback for his team. Because it was a balanced attack that he led, Starr's passes were limited – remarkably, he never threw as many as 300 passes in any one season. This may have helped to create the illusion that he was only an average passer.

The statistics, of course, do not bear this out. Starr held several NFL passing records, including the lifetime record of completing 57.4 percent of his passes over a 16-year period. He led the league in passing three times. He was the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1966.

He won MVP honors in both Super Bowls I and II. Bart was at his best in his many postseason appearances. After their first title loss to Philadelphia in 1960, the Packers never lost another playoff game under Starr.

Year Team
G
Att.
Comp.
Pct.
Yds.
TD
Int.
Rating
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
1956 Green Bay
9
44
24
54.5
325
2
3
65.1
5
35
7.0
0
1957 Green Bay
12
215
117
54.4
1489
8
10
69.3
31
98
3.2
3
1958 Green Bay
12
157
78
49.7
875
3
12
41.2
25
113
4.5
1
1959 Green Bay
12
134
70
52.2
972
6
7
69.0
16
83
5.2
0
1960 Green Bay
12
172
98
57.0
1358
4
8
70.8
7
12
1.7
0
1961 Green Bay
14
295
172
58.3
2418
16
16
80.3
12
56
4.7
1
1962 Green Bay
14
285
178
62.5
2438
12
9
90.7
21
72
3.4
1
1963 Green Bay
13
244
132
54.1
1855
15
10
82.3
13
116
8.9
0
1964 Green Bay
14
272
163
59.9
2144
15
4
97.1
24
165
6.9
3
1965 Green Bay
14
251
140
55.8
2055
16
9
89.0
18
169
9.4
1
1966 Green Bay
14
251
156
62.2
2257
14
3
105.0
21
104
5.0
2
1967 Green Bay
14
210
115
54.8
1823
9
17
64.4
21
90
4.3
0
1968 Green Bay
12
171
109
63.7
1617
15
8
104.3
11
62
5.6
1
1969 Green Bay
12
148
92
62.2
1161
9
6
89.9
7
60
8.6
0
1970 Green Bay
14
255
140
54.9
1645
8
13
63.9
12
62
5.2
1
1971 Green Bay
4
45
24
53.3
286
0
3
45.2
3
11
3.7
1
Career Total
196
3149
1808
57.4
24,718
152
138
80.5
247
1308
5.3
15

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