Bart Starr #42?

The Bart Starr Story reads like nothing so much as a fairy tale.

A 17th-round draft selection in 1956 (the draft was an extensive, 30-round process at the time), the University of Alabama Quarterback was the 200th player chosen during the league`s `56 selection meeting and obviously not a household name, based on where he was taken in the draft.

Another slight awaited the youthful field general when he arrived in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, where the Packers` training camp was then held, for the opening day of camp. G.E. “Dad” Braisher, the Packers` veteran equipment manager, was so convinced that Starr would not make the regular-season roster that he issued him what clearly was then a “non-quarterback” number: 42.

The `snub,` had no perceptible effect upon the gentlemanly Alabamian.

All he did was go on to the longest career in Packers history (16 seasons), play more regular-season games than any other player in team annals to date, lead Green Bay to a record five league championships in seven years, become a four-time Pro Bowl selection and be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as soon as he became eligible (1977).


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