Packers' Bart Starr is ready for his emotional homecoming
Bart Starr often falls asleep while watching his Green Bay Packers on TV, but on Sunday, for the first time in a long time, he remained engaged for their entire victory over the Vikings. He made a few comments about this touchdown or that one, and he even once identified Aaron Rodgers by name.continue at ESPN
Starr has been surging in recent weeks, driving hard toward the established goal of a halftime appearance at Thursday night's Packers-Bears game at Lambeau Field for the unveiling of Brett Favre's retired No. 4. He's on schedule to fly Wednesday morning from his Birmingham, Alabama, home to Green Bay to finish the job, and this comes as no surprise to those close to him, those who watched the Packers legend survive two strokes, a heart attack and four seizures in September 2014, and then a life-threatening bronchial infection three months ago.
Though Starr's wife of 61 years, Cherry, said her 81-year-old husband doesn't remember specifics of his career and doesn't connect with old clips from his glory days, Starr's trainer, Brian Burns, said Tuesday his most resilient client can now recite a few basic facts he didn't know last month.