Bryan Bartlett Starr (born January 9, 1934 in Montgomery, Alabama) is a former professional American football player and coach. Wearing #15, he was the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers (1956-1971) and the MVP of the first two Super Bowls. He earned four Pro Bowl selections and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977. The son of an Air Force NCO, Starr played High School football at Lanier High School in Montgomery, Alabama, where he earned a spot in the school's Hall of Fame, college football at Alabama, and was a 17th round pick (200th overall) in the 1956 NFL draft. After his playing career, Starr was the head coach of the Packers for nine seasons (1975–1983), compiling a 52–76–3 record.
As Vince Lombardi's quarterback, Starr's Packers won NFL Championships in the 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, and 1967 seasons. Following the NFL championships in 1966 and 1967, he led the Packers to convincing victories over the champions of the rival AFL in the first two Super Bowls and was named the Most Valuable Player of both games. He is the only player to quarterback a team to five NFL championships.
Starr was responsible for calling plays when he was quarterback, as was the norm at the time. One of his most famous play calls was in the Ice Bowl against the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL championship game on the final day of 1967. Instead of handing off (as the play was designed), Starr sneaked the ball himself, and with the winning touchdown, the Packers won their third straight NFL championship, the fifth in seven years. Two weeks later in Miami, the Packers defeated the AFL champion Oakland Raiders 33–14 in Super Bowl II, Lombardi's final game as head coach of the Packers. Starr's playing career ended at the conclusion of the 1971 season.
In 1965, while with the Packers, he and his wife Cherry helped co-found Rawhide Boys Ranch, New London, WI, a facility designed to help at-risk and troubled boys throughout the state, and is affiliated with it to this day.
In 1999, he was ranked number 41 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.
Starr is one of five Green Bay Packers to have his number (15) retired by the team. The others are Tony Canadeo (3), Don Hutson (14), Ray Nitschke (66), and Reggie White (92). Of the five, only Starr is still living.
Starr has an NFL award named after him. The Bart Starr Award is given annually, by a panel of judges, to an NFL player of outstanding character.
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|Won||Lost||Ties||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|GB||1975||4||10||0||.286||3rd in NFC Central||-||-||-||-|
|GB||1976||5||9||0||.357||4th in NFC Central||-||-||-|
|GB||1977||4||10||0||.286||4th in NFC Central||-||-||-|
|GB||1978||8||7||1||.531||2nd in NFC Central||-||-||-|
|GB||1979||5||11||0||.313||4th in NFC Central||-||-||-|
|GB||1980||5||10||1||.344||5th in NFC Central||-||-||-|
|GB||1981||8||8||0||.500||2nd in NFC Central||-||-||-|
|GB||1982||5||3||1||.611||1st in NFC Central||1||1||.500||Defeated St. Louis Cardinals in first round. Lost to Dallas Cowboys in second round|
|GB||1983||8||8||0||.500||2nd in NFC Central||-||-||-|
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