Two-time Super Bowl Champion and MVP Bart Starr on Overtime
Two-time Super Bowl Champion and MVP quarterback Bart Starr of the Green Bay Packers joined Jeff Thurn on Thursday's edition of Overtime.
Starr played for the Packers from 1956 to 1971, and passed for 24,718 yards, and 152 touchdowns in his career.
Starr on coming to Sioux Falls and being apart of Augustana's Jeans and Jewels event on Thursday night:
"You said it well right there when you said giving back and helping other people because these efforts their pushing going forward creating and so forth. When you can help, and improve them, you're helping those organizations grow more, and that's just a lot of fun!"
Starr on if today's NFL is too soft:
"You know, I don't think it is, but I think the biggest thing that is most important is we should place our focus on how the league is seeking to be better all the time. What's wrong with that? That's a great goal to have and we are all for it."
Is the league going in the right direction?
"Yes, I do. I think they have great leadership there, and I really love the commissioner. I think they are working you know what offs in order to do it."
Would Starr's numbers be deflated in today's league with all the emphasis on benefiting the offense?
"That's possible, but it's hard to say because all things have to be taken into consideration. How are you structuring defenses? What's your place here, and emphasis there? So, it's hard to say."
Whose the best quarterback in the league right now?
Starr: "Oh man, can I pick about 10 or 12?" (laughs) Thurn: I know you have a relationship with Aaron Rodgers, is he up at the top? Starr: I think he is. Obviously, I'm very biased, but he is very, very talented, and when he is being protected and they're doing a good job of pass protection, look out because he is super."
Is having pass protection one of the biggest keys in getting Rodgers a second Super Bowl title?
"Well, I think it is because you allow this man to have unique talents to exploit them. To manifest them and that requires that kind of protection."
Who was the best player Starr played with while he was in the NFL?
"Teammate? Oh, man. That would be tough because I would sure leave a couple out. When you look at talent like a guy like Paul Hornung, a Jim Taylor, you don't come across runners like that. Two, on one team like that, it's hard to do and we were blessed to have both of them."
Thurn asks Starr if he remembers playing the entire Ice Bowl, or specific moments of the memorable game against the Dallas Cowboys in 1967?
"One of the memories I get from it is peaking up into the stadium because there was no indoor seating those days, and seeing this lovely wife (sitting by Starr in the ESPN 99.1 studio) of mine sitting out there in the cold weather outside. Nothing being wrapped in it, just best you can be."
Starr on how the Ice Bowl evolved?
"I think how good the Cowboys were. Many people I don't think gave them enough credit. I think it's wrong when you do that. They were a very, very good team. Of course we were, too. But I think what I remembered most was how well coach (Vince) Lombardi coached. He was a fabulous gentlemen. He was in 'control' of what we were doing throughout the game all the way through the game."
Starr on feeling comfortable about their team's opportunity to win the Ice Bowl:
"Yes, we did. I remember talking to him (Lombardi) before our final drive and going down inside the five, six and seven-yard line. That's the emphasis he had there. Remember now, the very precise things we had to do, and will do to be successful. Don't forget them."
Are there any coaches that compare to Lombardi?
"Well, I don't know because I haven't been with any. So, it would be hard to say that. I can tell you this from a distance and the years we worked with him. I think it would be very, very difficult to find one."
A life lesson Starr took away from Lombardi?
"Your direction, and your commitment to it (football) are primary to succeeding."
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