Bart Starr – Quarterback Superstar

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Bryan Bartlett “Bart” Starr is a former professional American football player and coach. He wore #15 and was the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers from 1956 to 1971. Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr is the only quarterback in NFL history to lead a team to five championships. Starr has the highest playoff passer rating of any quarterback in NFL history and a playoff record of 9–1.

Rocky Start
As a high school sophomore football player Bart quit after two weeks. His dad gave him the option of playing football or working in the family garden; he chose to return to the football field.
He suffered injuries in his high school and college football careers, but pressed on. He suffered family loss (his brother died of Tetanus), however Bart moved forward.

Great Inspiration

Here’s some great insight from Bart, who was a hero on the football field and off. He was honored by President Nixon for his leadership qualities, his character, his moral fiber.

Today, an award in his name is given annually to an NFL player of outstanding character. Starr was voted to the NFL Pro Bowl four times. He was voted NFL Most Valuable Playerby both AP and UPI in 1966, and was chosen Super Bowl MVP in 1966 and 1967, and also inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1977.
His thoughts:

  • “If you work harder than somebody else, chances are you’ll beat him even though he has more talent than you.”
  • “Athletic competition clearly defines the unique power of our attitude.”
  • “Anyone can support a team that is winning ­ it takes no courage. But to stand behind a team, to defend a team when it is down and really needs you, that takes a lot of courage.”

How can you use Bart Starr insights in your own life?

Copyright 2014 Jerry Gladstone