Countdown to kickoff: 77

June, 16, 2012
From now until kickoff in Arlington, Texas, we'll be counting down from 100 to 1 until Alabama and Michigan get the season started. Today, we move to No. 77 and what it means to UA football.

In 1977, Bryan Bartlett 'Bart' Starr became the second former University of Alabama football player to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The quarterback from Montgomery, Ala., was a bit of an enigma at the Capstone. He barely played his junior and senior seasons, and got drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 17th round because the head basketball coach at UA recommended him.

Despite failing to turn heads at Alabama, Starr would go on to have a stellar career with the Packers, developing into one of the league's most successful quarterbacks. Under the direction of Vince Lombardi, the five-time NFL Champion would play 15 seasons, winning two Super Bowls, four All-Pro selections, the league's MVP in 1966 and a spot on the 1960s All-Decade Team.

After retiring from the game in 1971, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers in 1975. In nine seasons, Starr's Packers went 52–76–3.

In 1989 he returned to Alabama, settling down in Hoover. He is currently 78 years old.

Alex Scarborough | email

Alabama/SEC reporter



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