Legendary Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr dies at 85

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(NBC) – Legendary NFL quarterback Bart Starr died Sunday in Birmingham, Alabama at the age of 85.

Starr’s pro football career began modestly.

Selected 200th overall by the Packers out of Alabama in 1956, his first contract was a humble $6,500.

Starr’s quarterback career was sparked by Packer’s legendary head coach Vince Lombardi.

Eventually, Starr led the Packers to the NFL Championship Game in 1960, his only playoff loss in 10 post-season games with Green Bay.

Known for his accuracy, Starr’s numbers were unprecedented for the era.

He lead the NFL in passing percentage four times, made four Pro Bowls, and won five NFL championships including the first two Super Bowl.

He won MVP honors in both Super Bowl games.

Starr retired from the NFL following the 1971 season and immediately became the Packer’s Quarterback Coach.

After a brief broadcasting career, Starr became head coach of the Packers in 1974, but in the nine years on the sideline, he never came close to the success he enjoyed on the field.

Starr was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977, and the NFL’s Bart Starr Award is given every year to an NFL player who exemplifies outstanding character.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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