Bart The Cool

“If you work harder than somebody else, chances are you will beat him, even though he has more talent than you.”
Two-time Super Bowl MVP Bart Starr

Bart Starr played all 16 of his years in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers (1956-1971). Starr led the Packers to five NFL Championships in seven seasons, including triumphs in the first two Super Bowls. Bart Starr played in four Pro Bowls and in 1966, he was named the National Football League’s Most Valuable Player. Starr was named MVP of Super Bowls I & II, and in 1977 he was inducted into Pro Football’s Hall of Fame. Bart Starr also was the Packers Head Coach for nine years after his playing days. His record as a Head Coach was 52-76-3.

I thought it would be appropriate to write about Bart Starr at this time since he was the MVP of the first two Super Bowls. Starr did not possess a great arm: however, he was a great leader who could march his team up and down the field with the best of them. Bart Starr always was cool under pressure and was at his best when the chips were down.

He was 9-1 in Post Season play.

I watched him play in the 1960’s and had great respect for him. To me, this set of downs illustrates why I so much respected and admired Bart Starr: The Packers were faced with a 1st and 30 due to an offensive holding penalty. Starr then completed three straight 10 yard passes for a first down. That was Bart Starr at his best. He played with some great players. He played for a great coach (Vince Lombardi), and people like myself who are old enough to remember all of them will never forget how great Bart Starr and the Green Bay Packers were in the 1960’s.

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