"We are saddened to note the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Bart Starr", read a statement from Starr's family. He battled with courage and determination to transcend the serious stroke he suffered in September 2014.
'Bart Starr was the most kind, thoughtful and classiest person you could ever know.
After football, Starr, became a successful businessman in Birmingham, not far from his hometown of Montgomery, where he was born on January 9, 1934.
Starr started his pro career in 1956 at the age of 22 after being drafted in the 17th round out of the University of Alabama. No other starting quarterback has won more than four championships. That's the same year Vince Lombardi would take over as Packers head coach.
Starr finished with 301 passing yards, making this the only regular-season game of his career in which he had at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes - and it nearly all came in one quarter. He split time with Babe Parilli in Green Bay until the arrival in 1959 of coach Vince Lombardi, who quickly made Starr his starter. His game-winning sneak in the Ice Bowl is immortalized in the great moments of National Football League history.
Starr was the quarterback of the Packers from 1956 to 1971, winning a total of five titles, including the first two Super Bowls in 1967 and 1968. Fighting a wind chill of 48 degrees below zero, the Packers trailed the Dallas Cowboys 17-14 late in the fourth quarter. Starr and Lombardi became heroes. Those championships included the first two Super Bowls, where Starr won the game's MVP both times. He was not particularly successful in the role, and was eventually fired after nine years of coaching. He was let go as coach, but remained gracious and humble.
Bart Starr meant more to the game of football than arguably any other player in the history of the sport.
Starr was the NFL's MVP in 1966 and was inducted in the league's Hall of Fame in 1977. He stayed with Green Bay as quarterback coach and in 1975 was named head coach, compiling a 52-76-3 record before he was dismissed at the end of the 1983 season.
In 2014, Starr suffered two strokes and a heart attack. His condition improved after undergoing experimental stem cell treatments.
At that time, our sister station in Green Bay, WBAY spoke with Starr's son, Bart Starr Jr. The next year, his playing time was limited by a back injury and Drew was sacked.
One of the greatest players in franchise history, Starr had a legendary career in Green Bay. "I am emotional saying this, but it will be our last trip back", Cherry Starr said during a news conference at Lambeau Field.
In another treasured moment in Packers history, Starr rode a golf cart from the stadium's tunnel in a steady rain to center stage where he greeted and embraced Favre in a moment that no doubt brought cheer, chills and tears to many in the crowd of almost 80,000.
He made one of his final public appearances on November 25 of past year, attending the jersey retirement ceremony for quarterback Brett Favre at Lambeau Field.
The game also epitomized Starr's contribution to pro football's greatest dynasty.
Bart and Cherry were generous benefactors to many organizations and causes, most notably Rawhide Boys Ranch, which was established in 1965 near New London, Wis., to serve at-risk youth and families.
Named Most Valuable Player in those two early Super Bowls, he recorded a 9-1 record in career postseason games.
"The Packers Family was saddened today to learn of the passing of Bart Starr", Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said in a statement.