Less than six months after the passing of legendary quarterback Bart Starr, the Green Bay Packers announced the death of Starr’s longtime backup Zeke Bratkowski.
Bratkowski passed away Monday at the age of 88, the Packers stated. A star at the University of Georgia, he spent his first seven pro seasons with the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams before joining the Packers midway through the 1963 campaign.
Bratkowski appeared in 43 games for Green Bay, starting nine. He went 4-4-1 in those games.
During Green Bay’s three-year title run from 1965-67, Bratkowski was 8-1 in games where he either he started in place of Starr or “replaced him with the score tied or the Packers trailing by no more than seven points.” For his exploits, Bratkowski earned the nickname “Super Sub.”
Zeke Bratkowski, the Packers’ backup quarterback when they won three straight NFL championships in the 1960s under Vince Lombardi, passed away Monday at age 88. https://t.co/wIo4qh2BsM
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) November 11, 2019
In addition to his lengthy playing career, Bratkowski spent nearly three decades as an NFL assistant. He was on staff with the Packers, Bears, Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles.
Bratkowski was enshrined in the Green Bay Packers’ Hall of Fame in 1989.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. May he Rest in Peace.