A Preseason Chat with Green Bay Packers Legend Bart Starr
On September 9, when the Packers host the San Francisco 49ers for the season opener, Packers fans will be asked to take part in a "Green-and-Gold Out." The entire stadium will be wearing provided green and gold shirts.
Following the announcement, Starr took time to talk to give Bleacher Report a phone interview.
Can you tell me about your involvement with Tide?
Well, I’m obviously very pleased to be associated with them because I think Procter and Gamble is one of those great, great companies. Any time you can work with Tide, or a company like that or as a whole with Procter and Gamble, it’s a great joy and a great honor.
I’m just thrilled to be with them. When I look at what we’re doing and how we’re working with the fans and with Packer Pride this weekend and the color-out that we’re seeking to get from them, it’s just thrilling. I’m pleased that Tide is one of those people we’re working with.
It seems you've made it a huge point of emphasis to stay part of the Green Bay community and the Packers' organization. Why is that so important to you?
It’s very important because over the years, I think anybody that has been close to the Packers can appreciate the true loyalty, support and unbelievable reckoning that I believe the fans of this area have been. My wife and I lived in Green Bay for 31 years, so we got to experience this first hand for quite a while and it’s the greatest experience we’ve ever known.
You recently had the opportunity to present the Bart and Cherry Starr Recognition Award to Bob Harlen at the Packers' HOF Banquet. What is the award for and what did it mean to give that out?
Basically, it’s signifying and honoring someone who has given so much to the organization in which they have been involved. I need not tell you or any readers, what Bob Harlen has done for this organization here in the years he led it. He has absolutely sensational, so we were giving him an award to say thank you.
The Ice Bowl is talked about as one of the most important games in history. What game, Ice Bowl or not, is extremely special to you?
There are many games you could pick from, but I come back to a game like that because of what it meant to us. Here we are going for the championship and you’re playing against an outstanding team, the Dallas Cowboys, that year. It was very cold and nasty. Difficult to perform. It put all those things into one box, that you’re going to have to work your way out of, so it was quite a challenge.
What's the most important thing you learned about the organization/fans while you were head coach, that you hadn't learned as a player?
Well, I don’t know what I can tell you what I learned, except that I was benefiting from those who had been coaching for some time because I had not been a coach. Before becoming a head coach, I wish I had the opportunity to serve as an assistant for some years because I think I could have been a better coach much sooner.
You've spoken very highly of Aaron Rodgers in the past, what is that relationship like?
It’s a great relationship. I’m pleased to be friends with him. I admire him very much. He is a great example of not only a fabulous player, but he’s an outstanding gentlemen.
You meet him and you like him immediately. And so you discover the quality of the character of the person and to me, this is everything. You can be around somebody like that, who plays the position of quarterback and is leading his team and he has that kind of character build-up, I don’t know how it gets any better.
What are your thoughts about the 2012 Packers' just before they open their season on Sunday?
I like them very much. I think they can win it all. From a distance, I think their defense is going to have to play better than it did last year for them to be able to do that. Also from that distance, I think that their offense is absolutely incredible. If that defense is able to do that, look out.
Outside of Aaron Rodgers, who are some of your favorite players on the Packers to watch?
I watch them all. I can’t start picking them out and tell you that. I like them all. I look at the offensive linemen, the defensive linemen, linebackers, defensive backs. I just like to be able to observe all of them.
What's your prediction for the upcoming season?
I think their going to be outstanding. As I said earlier, I think they can win it if their defense comes through and performs at the level they are going to have to. I need not tell you, you can not win in the National Football League without a quality defense.
Lambeau Field is looking a little different these days with the new scoreboards and seating sections going in. What are your thoughts on the new-look Lambeau?
I love it. I just love coming here with my wife and being able to be in this wonderful community with the great people that live here. I also love to be in that stadium and observe the things that have happened over the years. And I am nothing short of thrilled with what they have been doing with that stadium in recent years.
Thanks for taking the time to talk with Bleacher Report.
You’re welcome. Great visiting with you. Good luck to you.
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