From left, Green Bay Packers quarterbacks Bart Starr, Lamar McHan and Joe Francis pose for a photo in August 1960. Starr and McHan shared the starting job for the first five games of the season, Starr's fifth with the team. Starr took over for good in November and was the Packers' primary starter for the rest of his career.
There are 23 quarterbacks enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but none was as lightly regarded coming into the National Football League as Bart Starr.
The Green Bay Packers drafted Starr in the 17th round in 1956 as the No. 200 overall pick. He was a mere afterthought as the 10th quarterback chosen.
Johnny Dees, the basketball coach at Starr's alma mater, Alabama, was a friend of Packers personnel director Jack Vainisi. Based on Dees' recommendation, Vainisi took a flyer on Starr. ...