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Super Bowl Flashback: Bart Starr

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Dallas Cowboys - Doomsday Defense

(Green Bay quarterback Bart Starr (second to right, wearing #15) holds onto the ball under pressure from the Dallas Cowboys “doomsday defense” on New Year’s Day, 1967. Via.)

“I don’t think anybody had [more] strength of character, mental strength or the will to win. Whatever it took to win the game, he was willing to do that.”

That’s from former Green Bay Packers center Ken Bowman, talking about his twice-MVP quarterback Bart Starr. The Packers played in both of the NFL’s first “Super Bowl” games (although they weren’t called that yet) and Starr guided his team to wins in both. Twenty-two years later, he’d have the “Bart Starr Award” named after him, for “the NFL player who best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership.”

We caught up with him here. Lots of neat football history in this article, as we ramp up to Super Bowl 45. (Oh, and when you’re done with that, here’s some recipes for your Super Bowl Sunday.)

Also, some great moments with Fox NFL host Terry Bradshaw: “I’m proud of my age. I don’t look 62 and I sure don’t act 62. They’re just jealous. They know they’re not going to look this good when they’re my age.”

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