Legendary Packers QB Bart Starr Has Died At 85

May 26, 2019 - 10:42 am

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Legendary Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr, who led the Green Bay Packers to three consecutive league championships, has died, the team announced today. He was 85.

Starr, who had suffered a stroke in 2014, died Sunday in Birmingham, Ala., where he resided.

He played for the Packers from 1956 to 1971. His three consecutive league championships included the first two Super Bowls.

Starr was probably most famous for scoring the winning touchdown in the subzero National Football Championship Game known as the "Ice Bowl" against the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 31, 1967. It was played at Lambeau Field. 

"A champion on and off the field, Bart epitomized class and was beloved by generations of Packers fans," Packers President Mark Murphy said in a statement. "A clutch player who led his team to five NFL titles, Bart could still fill Lambeau Field with electricity decades later during his many visits."

For years, Starr was known as the best Packer ever. The team retired his No. 15 jersey in 1973, making him just the third player to receive that honor. Four years later, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, the Associated Press reports.