Starr donates championship memorabilia

Bart Starr is the first quarterback to win a Super Bowl, and now he’s the first former player to donate his rings to the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.

Starr donated his NFL championship rings from the 1961, ’65 and ’66 seasons on Saturday during a special announcement at the Hall of Fame, 1265 Lombardi Ave.

“What we’re looking at here is probably the most significant donation in the history of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame,” said Tom Murphy, Hall of Fame archivist and member of its board of directors.

Cherry Starr, Bart’s wife, also donated a necklace with charms from all five championships (1961-62, ’65-67) to the Hall of Fame. Players received a watch after the 1962 NFL title, and that also will be later sent to the Hall of Fame.

The items were immediately put on display Saturday.

Starr, who has been married for 56 years, said the donation was his wife’s idea. The rings were hanging in the family’s study and Cherry said she felt they could be put to better use.

“I thought what a great thing if thousands of people could enjoy seeing these rings and my necklace,” she said.

Starr still wears his 1967 Super Bowl ring, but also plans to donate it to the Hall of Fame one day.

“Anytime you have enjoyed success, it is because of the team around you,” Starr said to a crowd of Packers officials and friends. (Source: Green Bay Press Gazette)

Very classy move on the part of Bart and his wife.

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