On this day in Alabama history: Bart Starr was born in Montgomery

On this day in Alabama history: Bart Starr was born in Montgomery
Green Bay Packers legend Bart Starr (R), speaks to the press alongside New York Giants legend Phil Simms, at the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Player of the Year awards at the Super Bowl XLV media center on Feb. 2, 2011 in Dallas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

January 9, 1934

Bryan Bartlett Starr was born in Montgomery on this day, the son of Ben and Lula Starr. As the son of a master sergeant in the Army Air Corps during World War II, Starr learned the value of discipline and order early in his life. Starr became quarterback for Montgomery’s Sidney Lanier High School as a junior in 1950. Sidney Lanier had one of the state’s premier programs under head coach Bill Moseley, and Starr would earn all-state honors as a senior quarterback and punter. For college, Starr accepted a scholarship to the University of Alabama and excelled. He went on to play professionally for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League from 1956 through 1971. Starr is the only quarterback in NFL history to lead a team to three consecutive league championships. Starr and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady are tied for total NFL championships at five each. As the Packers’ head coach, Starr was less successful, compiling a 52–76–3 record from 1975 through 1983.

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