The passing of Green Bay Packers legend Bart Starr has led to many touching tributes from all corners of the country. But one other legendary Packers quarterback had a much more personal statement for the departed Hall of Famer.
On Sunday, Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre posted his tribute to Starr on Twitter. He praised Starr for his friendship and said he felt honored to be mentioned in the same breath as him.
Bart Starr was the most kind, thoughtful and classiest person you could ever know. I consider myself extremely lucky to have called him friend and to have been mentioned in the same breath. Deanna and I are praying for Cherry and the Starr family.
Starr passed away on Sunday at the age of 85. He had been battling health problems for several years since suffering a stroke in 2014.
When Favre was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame and had his jersey retired in 2015, Starr was in attendance.
Starr and Favre are two of only six players in the 99-year history of the team to have their numbers retired.
Bart Starr was the most kind, thoughtful and classiest person you could ever know. I consider myself extremely lucky to have called him friend and to have been mentioned in the same breath. Deanna and I are praying for Cherry and the Starr family. #RIPBartStarr
— Brett Favre (@BrettFavre) May 26, 2019
After Starr led the Packers to a Super Bowl II victory over the Oakland Raiders, the Packers would not return to the Super Bowl for 29 years.
It was Favre who would return the Packers to glory, leading them to three straight playoff appearances from 1993 to 1995, before sealing the deal with a Super Bowl XXXI win over the New England Patriots in 1996.
Favre retired as the NFL’s all-time leading passer in all categories, and would join Starr in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.