Green Bay Packers legend Bart Starr has been in failing health for some time now. He’s been undergoing experimental stem cell treatments aimed at helping him recover from a series of strokes he suffered. His memory often fails him and he’s undergoing continuous rehab treatments.
When this all came to light, Starr’s family said the legendary quarterback had one goal in mind. To return to Green Bay for a Packers game this season.
In a lengthy profile written by ESPN’s Ian O’Connor, everything points to the Packers’ game with the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving night. That, of course, is when the Packers will unveil Brett Favre’s No. 4 inside Lambeau Field.
From the sound of it, what will probably be Starr’s final appearance at Lambeau, is going to be no easy task. He was recently hospitalized with a bronchial infection.
It was the first time Starr was hospitalized since the fall of 2014, and his support team believes the setback won’t stop Bart from returning to Lambeau in November. Cherry says her husband seemed exhausted at home over the weekend, but Starr was back in a rehab session … by Monday. Bart Jr. says the new challenges brought on by the infection won’t change their commitment. “We now have a longer road to Thanksgiving,” he says, “but that date remains our goal. … I think he was ready 10 days ago to walk onto that field. The infection knocked him down, but our attitude is we will figure out a way.”
The entire piece on Starr is worth a read, but we certainly hope he’s able to walk out onto Lambeau Field once more.
The piece on espn.com will make you cry. Great, great article.
Yea, I cried a couple times, reminds me of my own grandpa. The thing is, it never gets better, all that stem cell shit, the different medications, your talking about an 82 year old man now, you don’t just turn back the clock and bounce back, injuries and illness linger forever at that age.
Well shoot……………………..Classiest Packer ever…. hope he returns
What a great read. Pretty good journalism from espn which i dont say often.