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Iconic former Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr died on Sunday in Birmingham, Alabama.
Starr, who was 85, suffered a major stroke in 2014. His health had been failing in the years since.
Family - Starr - Statement - Packers - News
The family of Starr released a statement through the Packers to announce the news.
'We are saddened to note the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Bart Starr,' it reads.
'He - Courage - Determination - Stroke - September
'He battled with courage and determination to transcend the serious stroke he suffered in September 2014, but his most recent illness was too much to overcome.
'While he may always be best known for his success as the Packers quarterback for 16 years, his true legacy will always be the respectful manner in which he treated every person he met, his humble demeanor, and his generous spirit.'
Pro - Football - Hall - Fame - Member
A Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Starr played for the Packers from 1956-1971 and led the team to five championships, including the first two Super Bowls - in which he was named MVP.
Starr led the league in passer rating five times in the 1960s and was named league MVP in 1966.
Quarterback - History - National - Football - League
He was the first quarterback in history to win five National Football League championships and is one of only five NFL players - Tom Brady, Eli Manning, Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw - to win multiple Super Bowl MVP awards.
Starr played in 196 games, starting 157 of them, and had a 94-57-6 record as a starter.
Packers - National - Football - League - Championship
He helped the Packers win the 1967 National Football League Championship Game, now considered one of the greatest games in NFL history due to its brutal conditions and the Packers' perseverance to win in the last 16 seconds.
The game has been nicknamed the 'Ice Bowl' due to the -15 F temperature and -48 F wind chill at Lambeau Field. Starr suffered frostbite on his fingers...
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