Professional American Football Player. Best known as the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, he was born in Montgomery Alabama. During his college career, he served as punter, safety, and starting quarterback for Red Drew's Alabama Crimson Tide. In the 1956 NFL Draft, he was selected by the Green Bay Packers as the 200th overall pick. Distinguishing himself during his professional career, Starr led Vince Lombardi's Packers to three consecutive league championships from 1965 to 1967, an accomplishment which has yet to be surpassed. During Super Bowl I and II, he clinched back to back Most Valuable Player titles in victories over the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders respectively. In 1966, he was named by the Associated Press as the league MVP. Over his fifteen year stand with the Packers, he achieved a total of five NFL championships. That record stood for half a century until being broken by Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. Following his retirement in the Spring of 1972, he remained on with the Packers program, serving initially as the teams quarterback coach before taking the reins from departing head coach Dan Devine in the Winter of 1975. His success as a quarterback did not translate into success in the coaching seat and after a disappointing 1983 season, he was dismissed. Starr's legacy stands amongst the highest echelons of the NFL. Inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977, he was also voted to the NFL Pro Bowl four times, and was one of only six Packers to ever have their jersey number retired. As a monument to his outstanding career and character, the Bart Starr Award is given each year to the NFL player who, "best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field, and in the community."
Bio by: Kentucky Hill Hunter