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"With Starr you think of success"

Some say he was just a cog in the Vince Lombardi machine, an average talent blessed with a coach and teammates who carried him to the Hall of Fame.

Others swear he's the most underrated quarterback ever, a Mr. Clutch who invariably made the big play and whose idea it was to call the climactic sneak that ended 1967's legendary Ice Bowl game with the Green Bay Packers topping the very valiant Dallas Cowboys 21-17.

Bart Starr will be in North Texas Saturday morning to present an award named after him to New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees. At the annual Athletes in Action Super Bowl breakfast, he'll also join with former teammate and Texas Tech University great Donny Anderson to again relive the Ice Bowl with two thawed out Cowboys participants, Bob Lilly and Rayfield Wright.

Wisconsin native Uncle Barky continues to believe that Starr, the MVP of Super Bowls I and II, made the Packers run far more efficiently than any other quarterback of his day could have. It's true that he had a rather bland yessir/no sir personality. But on the field, Starr was the straight arrow steel in the Packers' spine, leading them to five NFL championships and the first two wins over the AFL in Lombardi's last years as Green Bay's coach.

In our penultimate countdown to the Packers' appearance in Super Bowl XLV, here's a pro and con video in which various analysts dissect Starr's true worth as a quarterback. In the end he has the hardware on his side. No brag, just fact.
Ed Bark