It’s a good thing that the Green Bay Packers were able to bring the team’s legendary quarterbacks together for a moment a few years ago. When Bart Starr, Brett Favre, and Aaron Rodgers all joined together briefly in 2015, it was a moment for the ages.
Now Starr has gone, leaving a wake of positivity and remarkable stories behind him. It seems that everyone who met him has something memorable to say about how he remembered their names years later, that he insisted on being addressed simply as “Bart,” or simply how he treated every person like they were special. That, more than any of his amazing accomplishments on the field, will be his lasting legacy.
But while the Packers as an organization mourn the loss of a legend, the 2019 team must continue on, as the second week of OTAs begins on Tuesday. One of the notable happenings from the first open practice was seeing just how much time head coach Matt LaFleur is spending with his quarterbacks, a practice that will likely continue on Wednesday when the team has another open practice.
But before we get into that, let’s get one more exceptional look at Starr’s life.
Bart Starr was the toughest football player who ever lived | ESPN.com
This is one of the finest profiles of Starr you will read. Ian O'Connor does him justice, presenting some of the wonderful memories of his generosity with a difficult but telling description of the struggles he fought in his final years.
Matt LaFleur’s hands-on approach clicking with quarterbacks | Packersnews.com
Having a head coach work so intimately with one position group, as LaFleur has been doing with the QBs, is unusual. But given the new terminology that the signal-callers are learning — as well as LaFleur’s own experience playing the position — it makes some sense. The question is whether he will be able to maintain that level of attention for the position when training camp and the regular season arrive.
Packers looking for ‘areas of expertise’ at receiver | Packers.com
Ranking wide receivers on the roster or giving them traditional labels may be a thing of the past -- what Matt LaFleur says he's looking for is what each player does well so he can put each player in a position to succeed.
Packers likely headed to Winnipeg to play preseason game vs. Raiders | Packers Wire
Are there any APC readers in Manitoba who will likely be heading to this exhibition game?
What’s your favorite Hail Mary in NFL history? - SBNation.com
The Motor City Miracle is here, as you'd expect. But so is the Fail Mary, which makes this argument not really an argument at all.
100 days until Packers, Bears begin NFL's 100th season - NFL.com
Here's some trivia related to the number 100 from the league's history.
Daredevils launch themselves down steep hill in fierce Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling Race | London Evening Standard
Would I careen down a hill head-over-heels to win an eight-pound wheel of cheese? You bet I would.