Bart Starr hasn’t been in Green Bay since 2015. The last appearance made by the legendary Packers quarterback coincided with Brett Favre’s number retirement ceremony.
Health issues have derailed any further trips to Green Bay by Starr, but his family isn’t giving up on returning to his former home again.
“He got so much benefit out of being there in Green Bay,” said Bart Starr Jr. on Tuesday, “seeing some friends, making some new friends, just feeling the excitement of Brett Favre’s weekend. Spending time with Brett and Aaron (Rodgers) before the game, did the photos and everything.
“Just being around the Packers and in the city they called home for more than three decades. All that was to his benefit. Those were just a few of the reasons we’d love to get him back.”
Whether that can actually happen this season remains to be seen. Starr has been undergoing stem cell treatments since having a stroke in 2014.
He is doing some traveling though. Starr will be in Houston this week to present the Bart Starr Award, which honors an NFL player for character and leadership.
Tentatively, the Starr family is targeting a September or October return to Green Bay. If he makes it, hopefully this game will turn out better than the last one.
Favre’s number retirement was on Thanksgiving of 2015, when the Packers lost to the Bears.
“Tentatively, the Starr family is targeting a September or October return to Green Bay. If he makes it, hopefully this game will turn out better than the last one.”
That alone would be a good reason to stir something up.