Packers legend Bart Starr dies at 85


His health had been failing since he suffered a stroke in 2014.

"We are saddened to note the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Bart Starr", it reads, in part. He was 85 and had been in failing health since 2014, when he suffered two strokes and a heart attack.

Starr led the Packers to five National Football League titles and was the hero of the famed "Ice Bowl" in which his quarterback sneak sealed the 1967 games at Lambeau Field.

Starr replaced Dan Devine as Packers head coach in 1975 and would be replaced himself by former teammate Forrest Gregg in 1984 after failing to lead the franchise to the kind of success he did as a player. On Monday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame released its tribute video to the quarterback. Starr scored the game-winning touchdown. But before them, Starr was the one who helped Green Bay earn their "Titletown" nickname. "The problem was that down there the ground had become so hard and frozen-like that it was slippery, and so you had to make sure you had your footing and so forth that it could take you to get started to take you into the end zone", he said. He was named NFL's MVP by The Associated Press in 1966.

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Starr was known for his game-winning quarterback sneak in a 1967 game against the Dallas Cowboys known as the Ice Bowl due to frigid temperatures.

Starr played for the Packers from 1956 to 1971.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has 15 members who played football at Alabama high schools and colleges. Together with Lombardi, Starr compiled a record of 73-21-4 in regular season games and a sterling 9-1 postseason record, according to the Packers. Starr led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and was named the game's MVP each time and was one of three quarterbacks picked on the NFL's 1960s All-Decade Team. After advancing the ball to the one-yard line with 16 seconds left on the clock, Starr called "31 Wedge", a running play designed for fullback Chuck Mercein. "That's exactly what I did that day". He later served as the Packers head coach in the late '70s and early '80s. Action 2 News spoke with Bart Starr's son on the legend's 85th birthday. He was also involved in a number of charitable works, including the Rawhide Boys Ranch, the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation and the Starr Children's fund.

The couple dealt with tragedy in 1988 when their son Brett died at 24 due to complications from cocaine addiction.

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