Alabama legend Bart Starr undergoing Stem Cell treatment

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2011 file photo, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr smiles during an NFL football news conference in Dallas. Bart Starr Jr. said Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 that his father is making slow, but steady progress after recently suffering two strokes, a heart attack and seizures. The 80-year-old Starr played for the Packers from 1956 to 1971. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

The family of Green Bay Packers, and Alabama Crimson Tide, legend Bart Starr says the Hall of Fame quarterback has been accepted into a clinical trial using stem cells.

The family released this statement Wednesday:

“Following Bart’s strokes, our family began to investigate numerous therapy options. Several months ago we applied for and were accepted into a clinical trial using stem cells. Friday we safely returned home from the first of the two treatments.

“While we welcome everyone’s interest and support of Bart’s health, at this time, we’d like to allow him a chance to fully participate in the clinical trial and let the results, if any, to speak for themselves. At an appropriate time in the future, our family looks forward to sharing the details of Bart’s participation in this most important clinical exploration of what role stem cells may play in the treatment of stroke.

“Until then, we continue to thank you for all of your love and prayers. Your support has given us much strength over the past nine months. Bart joins me in sending our love and appreciation to all our special friends and fans. We are working hard toward the one goal he most cherishes: a return to Green Bay for a Packers game.”

Starr suffered two strokes in 2014. Family members said his initial recovery was slowed by seizures, but medication helped to control them.

Starr guided the Packers to 5 NFL titles during the Lombardi era.

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