Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr was the featured guest at Augustana's second annual Jeans and Jewels Celebrity Party. Thursday afternoon, the Packers' great met with the media, and reflected on his legendary career.
A 17th-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers in 1956, Bart Starr wasn't a highly regarded prospect. 16 seasons and seven championships later, Starr was a legend. He was the MVP of Super Bowls one and two, and scored the winning touchdown in the 1967 NFL championship game, otherwise known as "The Ice Bowl".
"I said, they're slipping and sliding. I said, it's very, very difficult. I'm standing upright. My stance is just upright. I can shuffle my feet and lunge in. So help me, this is what coach Lombardi said...well then run it and let's get the hell out of here," Hall of Fame Quarterback Bart Starr said.
Anecdotes aside, Starr had nothing but respect for coaching legend Vince Lombardi.
"He was so well organized. So disciplined. And so grateful to be in a situation like that. The leader of the Packers, in the National Football League. He took it to heart, and he taught that way," Starr said.
Hall of fame coaches aren't a dime a dozen, but Starr encourages today's players to listen and learn.
"They're going to learn lessons from their coaches, from their assistants, and others related to that sport, that team, that will help them for years in other things that they're doing," Starr said.
Johnny Unitas is one of Starr's all-time favorite players, but he's also a fan of current Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
"I think he's an outstanding quarterback. I wish I would have had his physical talent. All you have to do is be around him for ten to 30 minutes, just chatting with him, and I think he'll tell you more about why he's successful than anything you can read," Starr said.
And if you've never been to Lambeau Field...
"Take a little trip with somebody over there. Open your car door. Get out. Walk over to one of the entrances to the stadium. Walk up a flight or two, and stand there, and just take a look at it. It'll get you," Starr said.
When he's not traveling, the 80-year-old Starr spends his days at home in Alabama with his wife of 60-years, Cherry.
Here is Starr talking about the winning play for the "Ice Bowl."