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On 5/26/2019 at 3:14 PM, Chandler#81 said:

One of my earliest childhood hero’s. Growing up in the 60’s, the Packers were on Buffalo tv often, because they were great and Starr was King Cool. I bought his paperback book from the school book club, read it many times. More than a legendary player, he was a truly genuine person. 

Rest In Peace, Bart. Thank you for the memories.

 

I bought that book in grade school too. Loved it so much I found and bought a used copy about 10 years ago

 

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1 hour ago, WotAGuy said:

 

I bought that book in grade school too. Loved it so much I found and bought a used copy about 10 years ago

 

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Ha! the white ball with the black stripe! I actually thought that was only an AFL thing. My kids would think that was as strange as a red/while/blue basketball. 

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That’s the book! 

 

It made me become a lifelong fan of Bart Starr.

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On 5/26/2019 at 4:35 PM, JimmyNoodles said:

I loved that book and I loved the Packers in those days.  One of the best football books ever written.  Very sad about Starr but very happy Kramer made it into the HOF.  He was long overdue.  

As did I.  My father bought it for me for Christmas.

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I was listening to ESPN the day he passed and I think it was Bill Curry who told this story, of a time when Starr was coaching Packers and they were having a coaching meeting in his home one evening, and there was a knock at the door.   It was a guy who's father was dying and he wanted to ask if Bart would be willing autograph a piece of paper for his father, who was literally on his last leg.  Apparently the father was a huge fan and the son was so apologetic and that if Bart would just sign it, he'd be so greatful and would get out of their hair and be on his way. 

 

Bart immediately asked him where is father was, and when the son told him that he was actually out in the car in the driveway, Bart went straight out to the car, and invited the man into his home, gave him a tour of his trophy room and showed him the Superbowl rings and just spent maybe 15-20 minutes with him.  After he guy left, he went back to conducting the meeting like no big deal.  He was very emotional telling that story and said that just the way Bart was, at all times.

 

I loved also hearing that Bart literally wrote and mailed Bret Favre a handwritten letter after every game he played for the packers, win or lose:

 

"There wasn't a game where I didn't get a letter from him, whether it be complimenting me on how I played or the fact that we won, or, 'Keep your chin up. It will get better.'" Favre said. "You think about the games that I played - that's a lot of games to get a personal note from Bart each and every time. I'm not going to lie, it made me feel pretty special. Maybe he sent it to everyone I don't know, but that just kind of tells you the type of guy that Bart was."

 

 A gentleman from another era for sure.

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