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Old 05-26-2019, 05:37 PM
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Bart Starr RIP


I'm not even much a football fan, and this hit me. Great player, not very good coach, class act. When the Packers retired Brett Farve's number, he made an appearance, despite physical difficulties.

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Old 05-26-2019, 07:30 PM
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I was, in fact, up in Green Bay this morning, visiting my parents, when the news came through. A sad day, though, as Brian notes, he'd been in poor health for several years (he'd suffered a heart attack and two strokes in 2014).

Growing up in Green Bay, I got to meet him a number of times. He was always a gentleman, and was, from everything I've ever read, a class act, all around.

Godspeed, Mr. Starr.
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He was my childhood hero, and he never disappointed me.

I met him twice. Once on the field of play, after a loss to the Lions. It was during the Phil Bengtson era. Bart was still wearing his uniform when I shook his hand. The 2nd time was in the Phoenix airport during the 70's. He was a gentleman both times.

Rest in peace.
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My first ever sports hero. The reason I'm still a Packers fan to this day, after over 50 years. And my earliest ever sports memory from the television is, of course, watching him score in Dec. of 1967.

RIP, #15.
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Starr really was a legend.
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Old 05-28-2019, 11:43 AM
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My first ever sports hero. The reason I'm still a Packers fan to this day, after over 50 years. And my earliest ever sports memory from the television is, of course, watching him score in Dec. of 1967.

RIP, #15.
Ah, the Ice Bowl! I watched it live on TV too. I knew a few folks that actually were at the game. That was hardcore.

But my memories of those first two Super Bowls, plus meeting Mr. Starr the year after Super Bowl II really stand out for me.

He was a real gentleman.
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When my younger sister was waiting tables in the Green Bay area, he and his wife were occasional customers of hers when they were in town.

He apparently was a great customer and tipped well.
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