Bart Starr Was The NFL’s First Elite Quarterback

Football | 6/6/19

Bart Starr was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1956 and played there until 1971. During that time he established himself as the NFL’s first elite quarterback. One league MVP, three consecutive league championships, and two dominating Super Bowl performances will do that for an athlete! After he retired, Starr became the head coach for Green Bay but found that his success was fleeting. Still, his legacy as an NFL legend lived on well beyond his playing days. Tragically, Starr died in 2019 at 85-years-old. Here is everything you need to know about his life and the legacy he left behind.

He Didn’t Have A Relationship With His Father

bart starr growing up had a broken relationship with his father.
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Growing up Bart Starr didn’t have the stereotypical relationship with his father. Starr’s dad was deployed to the Pacific Theater in 1942 during World War II. Upon coming home, Benjamin Starr found his son had become introverted.

Then, in 1946, their relationship took another hit when Starr’s brother stepped on a dog bone and got tetanus. He passed away from the sickness. Bart found it hard to reconcile with his father after that tragedy. Oddly enough, this broken relationship may have led the future Hall of Famer to take up football in the first place.