Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr, 80, has suffered two strokes and a heart attack, according to a statement released by his wife Cherry Starr. The first stroke occurred on September 2 and the second stroke and heart attack occurred less than a week later, on September 7. She says she and doctors remain optimistic about Starr’s future “quality of life,” reporting that he is beginning to “make progress through rehabilitation.”
The wonderfully named Bryan Bartlett “Bart” Starr led the Packers to victories in the first two Super Bowls. He wore the number 15 and played 15 years for the Packers, also coaching the team for eight years from 1975-83. Inducted in the the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Starr was MVP of the first two Super Bowls and league MVP in 1966. He currently lives in Alabama, where he was born. He played college football at the University of Alabama.