Bart Starr returning to Lambeau Field for Packers-Saints game Sunday
GREEN BAY - Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr will attend the Green Bay Packers' game Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, his family said Thursday.
Starr, 83, hasn’t attended a Packers game since his appearance on Thanksgiving Night in 2015, when he took part in the ceremony for the unveiling of Brett Favre’s retired No. 4 on the north façade in Lambeau Field.
Starr has been recovering from the physical and cognitive aftereffects of a heart attack and series of strokes in 2014 and was unable to attend a Packers game last season. But his health has improved in the past few months, and early this week his family determined that he was well enough to make the trip.
This also is the weekend the Packers Hall of Fame is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1967 championship team. Starr's family said it could not commit to his being able to attend the celebration Saturday evening at the Lambeau Field Atrium.
The 1967 team won the famous “Ice Bowl” against Dallas and Super Bowl II over the Oakland Raiders. The sold-out event, which runs from 5 to 9 p.m., will feature several players from that team: Dave Robinson, Jerry Kramer, Marv Fleming, Boyd Dowler, Carroll Dale, Ken Bowman, Zeke Bratkowski, Bob Long and Chuck Mercein.
There also will be a life-size statue of Starr.
Starr, though, will attend the Packers game Sunday along with his family and former teammates.