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Comments on the Great Bart Starr

November 26, 2015

Tonight in Green Bay, the greatest of the Packers’ and perhaps any team’s quarterback ever, will be in attendance.

No, I am not referring to Aaron Rodgers and certainly not Brett Favre, though each will be there.

The greatest Packers quarterback and all time great, whom I reference is Bart Starr.

Sadly, even tragically Mr. Starr apparently has no memory of his days as a football player. His devoted wife Cherry hopes that tonight being at Lambeau Field will rekindle some of those memories.

Thankfully I have them and the facts.  It all attests to Bart Starr’s greatness.

Another great quarterback, Tom Brady, perhaps this year, or at some point, will win a fifth Super Bowl. If that happens he will pass Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana for the most Super Bowls won, but he would only tie Bart Starr, who has a record 5 NFL titles as a starting quarterback.

Starr was so great in the clutch and often gambled on 3rd and short and threw deep to the likes of Carroll Dale and Boyd Dowler.

Starr threw four touchdown passes in the great and in some ways, forgotten 1966 NFL Title game win over the Dallas Cowboys.

The next year in the famed 1967 NFL title game/”The Ice Bowl, ”  it was win or lose vs a near great Cowboys’ team, when Starr ‘quarterback sneaked” into the end zone for the winning score. Starr so great, even greater with the game and the crown on the line. He engineered the great 68 yard final scoring drive with great help from a reserve player, Chuck Mercein, who made some big plays.

One more memory: The Packers were a great team, with the great Starr and the great broadcaster Ray Scott, often broadcasting their games.

So concise, without the long pauses and stretched out calls that eminate from those with diminished play by play skills (as an example of the decline,see and hear Al Michaels and he is far better than any other network football broadcaster today) Scott’s “on the money, for the money” calls went something like this.

Starr- Dowler- Touchdown with great inflexion in his superb voice.

Somehow Cherry if we could find Ray Scott’s call(s) of a Bart touchdown pass and play them for Bart, I bet he would at least smile, if not remember.


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