Sad news out of Green Bay on Sunday morning, as Packers legend Bart Starr has passed away at the age of 85.
Starr was a Pro Football Hall of Famer and face of the Packers franchise for decades. He was recognized as perhaps the most impactful Packer to date.
The franchise announced his passing in a statement on Sunday.
Starr won five NFL Championships, including the first two Super Bowls. Starr's most memorable moment on the field was the 1967 Ice Bowl, in which he scored the game-winning touchdown on a QB sneak to win the NFL Championship. Quite literally, this man, at that moment, was frozen in time.
After a successful NFL career in which he threw for 24,718 yards and 152 touchdowns, truly one of the most successful quarterbacks of his day, Starr was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame on his first year on the ballot in 1977.
A message from the family of Bart Starr pic.twitter.com/TmduH0EiZb— Green Bay Packers (@packers) May 26, 2019
Starr had winning in his DNA, and as the unquestioned, unabashed leader of the Vince Lomardi-led Packers, etched himself in NFL history as one of the best QBs to ever play. Even as quarterbacks display marks far greater than his statistical categories, Starr is still recognized for paving the way as a passer in the NFL, opening up offenses that--during his time--were still dominated by a run-heavy, downhill style.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Starr family during this difficult time.