Legendary Green Bay Packers and Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr has died at the age of 85, the family announced on Sunday.
The family of Starr released a statement of his passing Sunday morning. That statement was shared by the Packers.
“We are saddened to note the pasing 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 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.”
A message from the family of Bart Starr pic.twitter.com/TmduH0EiZb
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) May 26, 2019
Starr was the quarterback in Green Bay from 1956-71. He was the first quarterback in history to win five NFL championships. During his career, he threw for 24,718 yards, 152 touchdowns and a 57.4 completion rate.
He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“The Packers Family was saddened today to learn of the passing of Bart Starr,” Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy said in a statement. “A champion on and off the field, Bart epitomized class and was beloved by generations of Packers fans. A clutch player who led his team to five NFL titles, Bart could still fill Lambeau Field with electricity decades later during his many visits. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Cherry and the entire Starr family.”