Friday, January 9, 2009

Shining Starr

He was the Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and John Elway of his day.

Yet, rarely did he bask in the media spotlight, overshadowed by his legendary coach, a guy named Lombardi.

While Vince ascended to immortality (naming the Super Bowl trophy after him serves as a reminder), the man who piloted his on-field machine often reminded mere mortals what could be accomplished, despite having the odds stacked against them.

Back in the mid-fifties, no one would have given a 17th round draft choice named Bart Starr much of a chance to stick in the NFL, let alone become one of the games greatest, albeit underrated players. He went on to win no fewer than 5 NFL titles, including the first two Super Bowls; he is one of only 5 Packers to have had his jersey retired and each year the Bart Starr Award is presented annually to an NFL player of outstanding character.

Bart Starr turns 75 today.

And for those who wonder why, the Green Packers of the 1960's are still talked about as one of the greatest sports dynasties of all time, one has to look no further than what transpired on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field with the 1967 "Ice Bowl".

Are the life lessons and teamwork examples from the Packers of the Sixties, still relevant for individuals and organizations in the Digital Age?

If nothing else, aren't you a little bit curious as to why the Lombardi legacy still carries so much Starr-power?

"Anyone can support a team that is winning - it takes no courage. But to stand behind a team to defend a team when it is down and really needs you, that takes a lot of courage" BART STARR

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