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Memorial service pays tribute to Bart Starr

BIRMINGHAM (WKOW) — The community gathered for a public memorial service in Alabama for former Packers quarterback Bart Starr.

The event celebrating Starr’s legacy was held Sunday afternoon at Samford University in suburban Birmingham. Starr was an Alabama native who lived in metro Birmingham at the time of his death.

His family and NFL community spoke emotionally about the Packers great at the ceremony.

“By treating everybody else with respect and dignity, we elevate everybody in our eyes, in our maker’s eyes, in a greater sense of community and compassion in so doing. That is part of his legacy. That’s not an achievement. That’s what he was all about,” said Bart Starr, Jr.

The Green Bay Packers selected Starr out of the University of Alabama with the 200th pick in the 1956 draft. He led Green Bay to six division titles, five NFL championships and wins in the first two Super Bowls.

Starr died Sunday at age 85. He had been in failing health since suffering two strokes and a heart attack in 2014.

The family also is planning a private funeral.

Courtney Terlecki

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