Hall of Famer Bart Starr recovering from stroke

Associated Press

September 11, 2014

In this Feb. 2, 2011, file photo, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr smiles during an NFL football news conference in Dallas. Hall of Fame quarterback and Green Bay Packers great Bart Starr is recovering from a mild stroke. Starr’s family said Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 in a statement released by the Packers that Starr had the stroke last week. They say the 80-year-old Starr is “very functional” and making progress every day, and that doctors are confident he will make a full recovery.

GREEN BAY — Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr is recovering from a mild stroke.

Starr's family said Wednesday in a statement released by the Green Bay Packers that the 80-year-old Starr had the stroke last week.

Starr "is very functional and making progress every day ... and will be released as soon as he regains his full strength," the family said. "Bart's doctors are confident for a full recovery. We remain grateful for your love and concern."

Starr led the Packers to five NFL titles and two Super Bowl championships. He was Green Bay's head coach from 1975-83.

Starr, who lives in the Birmingham, Alabama area, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1977. He has typically attended team-related events and at least one Packers game at Lambeau Field each year.

The Packers said any well-wishes can be sent in care of the team.

"Everyone in the Packers family extends our best wishes to Bart for a quick recovery," Packers president Mark Murphy said. "On behalf of all our fans, we hope to see Bart and Cherry at Lambeau Field soon."