Happy birthday, Bart Starr! Packers legend celebrating 85th year

(WBAY) - Green Bay Packers legend Bart Starr is celebrating his 85th birthday.

Starr was born Jan. 9, 1934, in Montgomery, Alabama.

The quarterback earned legend status by leading the Packers to wins in Super Bowl I and II. He was the MVP of both games.

His quarterback sneak in the Ice Bowl is often named one of the greatest plays in NFL history.

Starr played 16 seasons in the NFL and tossed for 24,718 passing yards. He coached the Packers from 1975-1983.

Believe it or not, the all-time great was a 17th round draft choice for the Packers in 1956. He found his greatness under the leadership of Vince Lombardi.

Starr entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

His No. 15 jersey was retired by the Packers.

Starr has had some health set backs in recent years. In 2014, he suffered two strokes and a heart attack. His recovery includes stem cell treatment and working with a trainer.

In Oct. 2017, Starr and his wife, Cherry, made a trip to Green Bay to donate items to the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. Cherry Starr said it would likely be the couple's last trip back to Green Bay.

Starr was looking healthy and happy in December when he met with two stars from his Alma mater Alabama.

Starr's work off the field has impacted the lives of thousands of people. Bart and Cherry helped found Rawhide Boys Ranch for at-risk youth.