j a n u a r y 2 0 1 6 A L I V E E A S T B A Y 23 Starr has the highest playoff passer rating of any quarterback in NFL history—104.8—and a playoff record of 9–1. In 1967, Bart became the inaugural recipient of the Byron “Whizzer” White Award that is given annually by the National Football League Players Association for work in the community, and for being the player who best displays the qualities of a true professional athlete. On October 17, 1970, at a testimonial reception honoring Bart Starr held at the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the following was conveyed in a speech by then President Richard Nixon: We honor him as a very great practitioner of his profession, the proud profession of professional football… And as we honor him for that, we honor him not only for his technical skill but, as I've indicated, also for something that is just as important: his leadership qualities, his character, his moral fiber... But I think the best way that I can present Bart Starr to his friends is to say very simply that the sixties will be described as the decade in which football became the number one sport in America, in which the Packers were the number one team, and Bart Starr was proudly the number one Packer. Two years later, Bart Starr would retire from his prolific signal calling duties, hang up his well worn black leather cleats once and for all, and depart his beloved Green Bay Packers— that is, as an honored and revered player on the field; for the following two years, he would serve as a game analyst for CBS-TV. Sitting in the booth pushed him to step back onto the hallowed turf endowed by his mentor and coach, Vince Lombardi, to walk the home team’s sideline at Lambeau Field again as the coach of the Green Bay Packers from 1975 through 1983. In 1965, the year before AIA would strike its founding charter, Bart Starr with his wife Cherry would begin a spiritual sojourn of servitude by co-founding a faith-based, non-profit community outreach program for at-risk teens—Rawhide Boys Ranch in New London, Wisconsin--along with their friends, John and Jan Gillespie. Heading south from New London, where the scenic Wolf River cuts through the 500-acre ranch facility, the Rawhide Boys Ranch provides a safe haven of enabling support for juvenile court-referred boys ranging from ages eight to seventeen. Their mission statement reads: Being dependent on God, we inspire and equip at-risk youth and families to lead healthy and responsible lives through family-centered care, treatment, and education. Academic, as well as vocational classes align the student curriculum at the Starr Academy. Rawhide Boys Ranch programs include intensive residential care for troubled young men. For those of you curious about the work that began among four faith-filled friends over fifty years ago, you can take a little stroll of its grounds, by visiting their website at www.rawhide.org. This guy is the most decorated, as far as championships go quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. But the first thing you hear about Bart when you talk about him, is not the incredible talent and ability that he has, but the kind of person that he is. — Aaron Rodgers, 2014 Bart Starr Award recipient Bart Starr is a man of admitted and committed Christian faith, who dutifully aligns his life, both on and off the field, with a spiritual playbook—the Bible. He is an individual of impeccable character, and an honorable man who has served his family and community faithfully throughout the years. He is a giver, and an exemplary role model for athletes, business owners and their support staff alike, so it’s no small wonder that the leadership of Athletes in Action unanimously chose Bart Starr as the person to name their award after. This year’s Super Bowl 50 breakfast honoree waits in the wings. Who will it be? Which NFL role model to follow in the legendary footsteps of Bart Starr will find his name inscribed at the bottom of the AIA Bart Starr Award? And let us not lose heart in doing good; for in due time, we shall reap; if we do not grow weary. ~ Galatians 6:9 To learn more about this year’s gala Super Bowl 50 Breakfast, please visit the website: http://www.superbowlbreakfast.com. View the promotional video of 2015 Super Bowl XLIX Breakfast, at youtube.com/watch?v=Em61LO9teOI&feature=youtu.be To learn about Athletes in Action visit http://athletesinaction.org/ Photos P 20, Top Left, Tony Dungy, Peyton Manning and Bart Starr Jr.; Bottom, Jerry Kramer; Right: “Iron Mike” Ditka and the Chicago Bears. P 21, Peyton Manning goes long. P 22, Close-up of the 2015 Bart Starr Award.
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