Hall of Famer Bart Starr recovering from stroke

Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr passes in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants in New York, October 22, 1967. (AP Photo)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr is recovering from a mild stroke.

Starr’s family said Wednesday in a statement released by the Green Bay Packers that the 80-year-old Starr had the stroke last week.

Starr “is very functional and making progress every day … and will be released as soon as he regains his full strength,” the family said. “Bart’s doctors are confident for a full recovery. We remain grateful for your love and concern.”

Starr led the Packers to five NFL titles and two Super Bowl championships. He was Green Bay’s head coach from 1975-83.

Starr, who lives in the Birmingham, Alabama area, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1977. He has typically attended team-related events and at least one Packers game at Lambeau Field each year.

The Packers said any well-wishes can be sent in care of the team.

“Everyone in the Packers family extends our best wishes to Bart for a quick recovery,” Packers president Mark Murphy said. “On behalf of all our fans, we hope to see Bart and Cherry at Lambeau Field soon.”

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