Starrs donate championship ring to Packers on final trip to Titletown
Green Bay Packers legend Bart Starr has made his final trip to Titletown, wrapping up a momentous weekend for the quarterback and his wife, Cherry, and son, Bart Starr Jr.
"I am emotional saying this, but it will be our last trip back," Cherry Starr said during a news conference at Lambeau Field.
The Starr family on Monday donated #15's championship ring and other items to the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.
The ring has three diamonds to mark the Packers' championships in 1965, 1966, and 1967.
The Starrs decided to donate the ring to the Packers Hall of Fame after Cherry heard that someone was trying to selling a Bart Starr championship ring on eBay for $100,000. Fearing her husband's priceless ring was stolen, Cherry checked the couple's safe. She was relieved to find it there, and inspired to make sure it never landed in the wrong hands.
Cherry Starr decided the ring should be donated to the Packers Hall of Fame.
"That ring is priceless. And I made that, right then made the decision, I knew Bart would not be wearing the ring ever again, and I thought we need to ensure that this jewelry will never never be in the wrong hands, and will never be sold. No one will ever profit off Bart's jewelry," Cherry Starr says.
Green Bay Packers fans will be able to view the items at the Hall of Fame.
"These items will be kept in pristine condition. They will be displayed for generations to come in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame," says Tom Konop, President of Packers Hall of Fame, Inc.
Bart Starr, 83, appeared at Lambeau Field Sunday during the Packers-Saints game. It was part of a whirlwind weekend in which the Packers honored the legendary 1967 Ice Bowl team. It's the 50th anniversary of the historic Packers-Cowboys game played at the Frozen Tundra. Starr's quarterback sneak sealed a victory for the Green and Gold.
In 2014, Starr suffered two strokes and a heart attack. His recovery includes stem cell treatment and working with a trainer.
Starr's son says his father would not have been able to make the trip earlier in the year, but his physicians worked to reduce the frequency of which he was contracting infections. Starr Jr. also praised the work of his father's trainer.
"He was able to make great strides over the last say, six to eight months, and a couple months ago when we realized he was heading in that right direction, a very optimistic direction, we said, 'hey, we can do this,'" Starr Jr. said.
"We love you all, we love our fans, we love this city. And we will miss you so much," Cherry Starr said.
For Bart Starr, it's always been about giving back to the fans. His son shared this memory of his father's dedication to his supporters.
"When I was old enough to start grasping matters of significance, I asked him a question, which was 'Why are you holding up the bus and signing so many autographs for so many people?'
Bart Starr Jr. continued, "And he said, 'without the fans, none of this would be possible.'"
A list of items donated by the Starrs to the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.
- A 1962 World Championship watch, a 14-karat gold Hamilton watch given to Bart Starr, in lieu of a ring, following the Packers’ second consecutive championship title.
- An NFL Players Association watch, a 10-karat gold watch made by Omega that was presented to Starr from the Better Boys Foundation in 1968.
- A microfilm necklace, presented to Cherry Starr from Kodak in honor of Bart Starr Day on Oct. 18, 1970. Inside the locket are microfilm images of the 40,000 Western Union telegrams of will-wishes sent to the beloved Packers quarterback.
- 1977 Packers Hall of Fame Induction ring, a 10-karat gold MTM ring, presented to Starr in honor of his induction into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame on Jan. 22, 1977.
- A Nike Super Bowl I and II MVP jacket presented to Starr during the Super Bowl 50 pregame ceremony on Feb. 7, 2016, to commemorate Starr’s MVP awards from Super Bowls I and II.
- Two-time Super Bowl MVP watch, a 14-karat gold watch to honor Starr as MVP in Super Bowls I and II.
- Super Bowl II World Championship ring, a 14-karat gold ring representing the Super Bowl II win.
(Information provided by the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.)