Bart Starr’s younger brother, Hilton, died at the age of 10 from tetanus after stepping on a bone the family dog had been chewing. Bart managed a slightly lengthier life though, to the relief of Am-Fo fans everywhere. It could have been different though: he nearly quit the sport in his sophomore year of high school, nearly had his career ended before it started in a college hazing injury, and was only picked 200th in the NFL Draft.
Under the tutelage of Vince Lombardi as Green Bay Packers coach, however, Starr graduated to the best player in the league. He and Lombardi had a technical understanding that led to some of the most memorable plays in NFL history, and Starr was the MVP for both of the first two Super Bowl games in history. He’d been in failing health over recent years due to a series of strokes.