Bart Starr walked into our lives professionally in 1956. After 5 championships, 2 Super Bowl MVPs, 4 Pro Bowls, 9 years of coaching and 44 years of service to the Vince Lombardi Charitable Foundation, Bart Starr is stepping away from the public spotlight.
Starr and his wife Cherry, who will be married for 60 years this coming May, stood at the podium and graciously thanked everyone for their support and then made the announcement that Vince Lombardi’s quarterback, who just turned 80, wanted to rest and spend time at home.
I can’t say that I blame him.
The man who has embraced and lived his life exemplary to every Lombardi quotation hanging on every wall in just about every coach’s office in America has blazed a path that we all should aspire to.
To try and truly capture the man in mere words, to me, would be impossible. Bart has led his life with class, dignity, determination, he has led by example and along the way has given us speeches to inspire to help others as well as to praise those who have excelled.
In today’s day an age where we are constantly looking for role models and someone to lead, maybe you should tell your kids to go back to 1956 and read the story that is Bart Starr.
On a personal note, I have worked with a lot of people in my life, there is no one that I am prouder to call my friend.
Best of luck Bart and Cherry.