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Bart Starr - go long

Discussion in 'In Memorium' started by mhammer, May 27, 2019.

  1. mhammer

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    I've long since lost any interest in the NFL. But as a youth, there was generally more NFL on TV, while CFL games had to be attended. And in the NFL, the Green Bay Packers were kings. There were only three quarterbacks of note at that time: Bart Starr, Johnny Unitas, and Y.A. Tittle. The combination of Starr and Paul Hornung made the Packers a veritable juggernaut.

    Bart Starr, Quarterback Who Led the Packers to Greatness, Dies at 85
     
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  2. rhh7

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    I saw Green Bay Packers vs. Baltimore Colts,
    preseason game, in New Orleans, 1959. Starting QB for Green Bay was Lamar McHan.
     
  3. mhammer

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    Was Unitas playing QB for the Colts? And was Ray Berry playing? As I understood it, the Unitas/Berry combination was as deadly as Starr/Hornung.
     
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    Yes, Unitas and Berry played, Unitas was NFL MVP in 1959. I do not recall the score of the game. I remember how gigantic the linemen seemed to me.
     
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    Whenever I try to persuade an American that CFL ball is interesting, one of the things I often hear back is "How come the players are so...small?". I remind them that the field is longer and wider, and ask whether they would wanna haul around all that extra weight chasing after some speed demon.
     
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    I must disagree with my esteemed forum colleague. Johnny Unitas led the stats because he was on such a strong team. There were several other QB's of equal talent. Not the least of whom was Norm Van Brocklin, easily the best pure passer of this era.
     
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  7. leftysg

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    I was just a kid. My memories of Bart Starr were from the late 60s early 70s narrated NFL film series, the Ice Bowl in particular. I can still see the breath coming out of the down lineman, many wearing only short sleeves on the frozen turf of Lambeau. Being a Lions fan, it was a Honolulu blue and silver day when we managed a win over the Pack, at Tiger Stadium in those days. He was a great one. Condolences to family and Cheeseheads everywhere.
     
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  8. mhammer

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    I was an elementary school child. What did I know? This is the first time I've ever heard of Van Brocklin. We never had cable TV growing up, so I only knew whatever was broadcast on CBC and CTV.
     
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    Van Brocklin played 9 seasons with the Rams, and three seasons with the Eagles. In his final season in 1960, he led the Eagles to a 17-13 victory over Green Bay in the NFL championship game. He was my QB idol.
     

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