Jan. 14, 1968; Miami, FL, USA; FILE PHOTO; Green Bay Packers quarterbacks Zeke Bratkowski (12) and Bart Starr (15) celebrate near the end of Super Bowl II against the Oakland Raiders at the Orange Bowl. The Packers defeated the Raiders 33-14. Mandatory Credit: Press-Gazette/USA TODAY Sports
#6 Bart Starr
Bart Starr was born on January 9, 1934, in Montgomery Alabama and he “ain’t never been nothin’ but a winner”.
Some of today’s NFL players might claim that all they do is win, but for Bart Starr that was the reality… but it took him a little time to get there. Starr’s time at Alabama was an up and down affair plagued by injury that kept him sidelined for most of his junior and senior years (which is why he isn’t higher on this list). Once he got to the NFL though, everything changed. Starr actually only got a shot at the NFL because he was recommended to the Packers personnel director by Alabama’s basketball coach Johnny Dee.
Bart Starr had a 9-1 playoff record in the NFL and led the Packers to five championships and Super Bowls I and II. Starr was the MVP of both Super Bowls he played in. Starr went to four Pro Bowls and was also the NFL’s MVP in 1966. All of this after a mediocre college career at Alabama and being drafted 200th overall in the 17th round of the 1956 draft.
Starr is the perfect example of a player who didn’t reach his full potential until he got to the NFL. Starr may not be remembered for wild success on the field at Alabama, but he was undoubtably one of the greats at quarterback none the less.
Starr also coached the Green Bay Packers from 1975-1983.
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