Bart Starr: When Leadership Mattered

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Taylor Trade Publications, Aug 29, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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Bart Starr was the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers from 1956 to 1971, the most meaningful and successful era of one of football's most storied franchises. Starr was named MVP of the first two Super Bowls and to the Pro Bowl four times. He threw for more than 24,000 yards in his career and holds the Packer record for most games played. But the awards and impressive statistics are not what fans remember most about Bart Starr. As his legendary coach, Vince Lombardi, once said, "Bart Starr stands for what the game of football stands for: courage, stamina and coordinated efficiency. You instill desire by creating a superlative example. The noblest form of leadership is by example and that is what Bart Starr is about."

Bart Starr: When Leadership Mattered shows with clarity and stunning insight just how true Lombardi's compliment was. Drafted in the seventeenth round out of the University of Alabama after a checkered collegiate career, Starr was just hoping to catch the eye of an NFL team. As the 199th selection in the 1956 draft, his expectations and those of the team and fans were limited. But Bart Starr rose above everyone's expectations to will his way to the starting job, aided by the encouragement of Lombardi, who became Packer head coach in 1959.

This book reveals all the details of Starr's improbable rise to stardom. It explores his relationship with Lombardi and his guidance of the Packers from a downtrodden franchise to five-time World Champions to two-time Super Bowl winners. His epic battles with rivals such as the Bears and Lions and the famous Ice Bowl are also recalled in unforgettable fashion.
But most of all, Bart Starr: When Leadership Mattered is about a modestly talented football player who with uncommon intelligence, grit, and leadership elevated his play and that of his teammates. The Packers would not have been the Packers without Bart Starr.
 

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Bart Starr was the leader of Vince Lombardi's five-time champion Green Bay Packer dynasty in the 1960s and often favorably compared with the greatest quarterbacks in history. Although his personal ... Read full review

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Must Read book for my library shelf at home. My son Virgil Artice Joaquim Scarver was the nominee of the Ben B. Starr Southern League for Ford Construction in 2001 when he also hit the first Home run in that league for a 13teen year old as while before any other 13 teen year old player in this league call the Southern League ball season and the all star season game to that bought this league funds of more then enough that should have been used to developed the southern leagues fields first before they developed the other leagues in Montgomery children leagues like the ray-throneten road and bell road to that was completed and the southern leagues did not get completed in the phases to have them completed and updated to new parks with the electrical powering systems to to play after dark like you do at these other location why they are just a safe to play ball before dark but when the governor and those over taxpayers money and know that they have not done there part in this areas make you afraid to go in them and see what these people you cheated in life in there communities they have every right to be mad at you worldly men that did not lead Godly. 

Contents

Nothing Has Happened since the Sixties
1
A Great Quarterback
7
Faith and Will
17
Unlikely Hero
23
College Bound
31
High and Low Tide
37
Character Triumphs
45
Humble Beginnings
51
Not Perfection but Excellence
125
Almost
141
The Long Road Back
151
At the Summit
161
Challenge III Redux
171
The Drive to the Top
181
Transition
193
Playing with Pain
203

Illusion
59
Brownout
65
Turnaround Incarnate
75
Sudden Impact
89
Never Again
101
Titletowns Quarterback
113
Prayers and Patience
207
Hard Times
215
What Have I Done with My Life?
223
Bibliography
229
Index
231
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David Claerbaut is the author of numerous books, including Recruiting Confidential. He is a business consultant and lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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