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Former Alabama QB and NFL great Bart Starr dies at 85

With tragedy already rocking the Alabama sports world this weekend, the state took another hit with the loss of former University of Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bart Starr’s passing on Sunday.

Starr, an NFL Hall of Fame inductee who played for the Green Bay Packers, died at age 85 in Birmingham. Since suffering a stroke in 2014, he had been fighting health problems.

Starr was selected by the Packers out of Alabama with the 200th pick in the draft in 1956. He went on to lead Green Bay to five NFL championships and wins in the first two Super Bowls.

“While he may always be best known for his success as the Packers quarterback for 16 years, his true legacy will always be the respectful manner in which he treated every person he met, his humble demeanor, and his generous spirit,” Starr’s family said in a statement released by the Packers.

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV and host of “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN in Huntsville.