GREEN BAY — Hall of Fame
quarterback Bart Starr has been tossing the football again
as he prepares to return to Lambeau Field for a special
ceremony on Thanksgiving honoring another Green Bay
Packers legend, Brett Favre.
Starr has been working out
at a Birmingham, Alabama, gym three times a week and
exceeding his trainer's expectations, WTMJ-TV (http://bit.ly/1I8cZsw
) reported. Starr tosses a football to trainer Brian Burns
from a short distance away.
"I believed him and I
knew he could do it, but he has taken it so much further
than what I could have imagined," Burns said. "I
was looking back at the film when he used to play and he
uses the same throwing motion. Kind of going more up top
with the way he's throwing it. His hand-eye coordination,
he's still got it."
Starr, 81, is moving a
little slower these days after two strokes and a heart
attack in 2014, but he's on track to make the trip to
Wisconsin — a trip Starr and his wife, Cherry, say could
be their last to Green Bay.
The Starrs, who have been
married 61 years, have twice flown to Mexico to take a
chance on experimental stem cell treatments and say it has
made a difference in Bart's recovery.
The Starrs say the Favre
ceremony has been a great motivator in Bart's
"He's very motivated
and of course this event we remind him that he's going to
do something very special this Thanksgiving day,"
Cherry Starr said.
Bart Starr and Favre share
a close bond off the field. Favre has always helped with a
cause Starr has long promoted, Rawhide Boys Ranch, a
faith-based nonprofit organization that provides
residential programs for delinquent and emotionally
disturbed adolescent boys in Wisconsin.
From 1956 to 1971, Starr
became the only quarterback in NFL history to lead the
Green Bay Packers to five championships, as well as Super
Bowls I and II. Favre's name and his retired No. 4 will be
unveiled on the facade of Lambeau Field on Thursday, when
the Packers play the rival Chicago Bears.