Walnut Street Bridge in downtown Green Bay renamed Bart Starr Memorial Bridge

Peter Frank
Green Bay Press-Gazette
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Green Bay's Walnut Street bridge, which was officially named the Bart Starr Memorial Bridge by Gov. Tony Evers on July 27, 2021, is lit up with green and yellow lights to celebrate the announcement.

GREEN BAY - The state of Wisconsin and the city honored Green Bay Packers great Bart Starr by naming a bridge after him on Tuesday.

The Walnut Street Bridge in downtown Green Bay will now be called the Bart Starr Memorial Bridge.

Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday signed a bill that changes the name of the bridge, which carries State 29 and Walnut Street traffic over the Fox River.

“Bart Starr was an exceptional man both on and off the field. He, alongside the great Vince Lombardi, propelled our Green Bay Packers into sports history and helped put Green Bay on the map as Titletown USA,” Evers said in a news release.

Gov. Tony Evers announces during a press conference on July 27, 2021, at Lambeau Field that Green Bay's Walnut Street bridge will officially be named the Bart Starr Memorial Bridge.

Starr, who died May 26, 2019, at the age of 85, led the Packers to five NFL championships and was the MVP of Super Bowls I and II. He was inducted into both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Packers Hall of Fame. Starr also coached the Packers for nine seasons.

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Starr's wife, Cherry Starr, said the family is "humbled and honored" by the decision to honor her husband.

Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr and his wife Cherry Starr pose for photos during a press conference in 2017.

“For decades Bart told everyone he met about the remarkable people in this city and state,” she said in a news release. "This gesture shows once again why our family has and always will cherish this community.”

Bart Starr maintained ties to the Green Bay region after his playing and coaching days, co-founding the Rawhide Youth Services in New London.

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