He is known as the man who made the Packers “click.” He is one of the NFL’s greatest field leaders of all time. Bart Starr returned to Lambeau Field yesterday, for likely his last time ever in Green Bay.
Some might say Bart Starr is Green Bay, as he is such a historic part of the city. Before heading back to Alabama, Bart Starr donated some of his treasures, determined to share them with the football fans he loves.
Inside Lambeau Field is a table of Bart Starr’s football treasures – now farewell gifts to the Packers and the team’s fans. “I’m emotional saying this but it will be our last trip back,” said Cherry Starr, wife of Bart Starr.
For the first time since 2015, the 83-year-old Hall of Fame quarterback traveled to Green Bay to help celebrate the 1967 championship team. When fans saw him on the field Sunday, they erupted. Those cheers are a symbol of the bond between #15 and the state. A relationship the Starrs strengthened this morning by donating Bart’s championship rings and other items to the Packers Hall of Fame. “Sometimes there are events where words are hard to come by and this is one of them,” stated Tom Konop, president of the Packer Hall of Fame.
Cherry Starr says the idea first came after fearing Bart’s three-diamond championship ring honoring the team’s three consecutive world championships might one day be stolen. She said, “That ring is priceless. We need to ensure this jewelry will never ever be in the wrong hands and will never be sold and no one will ever profit off of Bart’s jewelry.” So, the family decided these treasures should be preserved in the Packers Hall of Fame.
According to Bart’s son, Bart Starr, Jr., “These really all along have belonged to the Packers and the city and the fans. This is just the final chapter in getting there.” But after a heart attack and two strokes, Cherry says this will be Bart ‘s last visit; making the long weekend reconnecting with old friends even more bittersweet. Cherry mentioned that, “It’s been absolutely one of the best weekends we’ve had in a long time.”
And as for the donation of these priceless gifts to Packers nation Konop said “They will be displayed for generations to come in the Packers Hall of Fame.” So heartfelt and so important. “We love you all we love our fans, we love this city and we’ll miss you so much,” said Cherry.
Bart’s Super Bowl MVP jacket, Cherry’s Kodak necklace, and three watches were some other articles the Starrs donated.