GREEN BAY (WKOW) — The Green Bay Packers announced Sunday that Packers legend Bart Starr has passed away at age 85.
According to the Packers, Starr passed away in Birmingham, Alabama Sunday. He had been dealing with failing health since suffering a stroke in 2014.
Starr played for the Packers from 1956 to 1971, and was the first quarterback to win five National Football League championships.
The Packers tweeted a message from the family on social media:
“We are saddened to note the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Bart Starr. 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 18 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.
Our family wishes to thank the thousands of friends and fans who have enriched his life – and therefore our lives – for so many decades and especially during the past five years. Each letter, text, phone call, and personal visit inspired him and filled him with joy.
His love for all of humanity is well known, and his affection toward the residents of Alabama and of Wisconsin filled him with gratitude. He had hoped to make one last trip to Green Bay to watch the Packers this fall, but he shall forever be there in spirit.”