Bart Starr: When Leadership Mattered

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Bart Starr was the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers from 1956 to 1971, the most meaningful and successful era of one of football's most storied franchises. Starr was named MVP of the first two Super Bowls and to the Pro Bowl four times. He threw for more than 24,000 yards in his career and holds the Packer record for most games played. But the awards and impressive statistics are not what fans remember most about Bart Starr. As his legendary coach, Vince Lombardi, once said, "Bart Starr stands for what the ...
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Overview

Bart Starr was the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers from 1956 to 1971, the most meaningful and successful era of one of football's most storied franchises. Starr was named MVP of the first two Super Bowls and to the Pro Bowl four times. He threw for more than 24,000 yards in his career and holds the Packer record for most games played. But the awards and impressive statistics are not what fans remember most about Bart Starr. As his legendary coach, Vince Lombardi, once said, "Bart Starr stands for what the game of football stands for: courage, stamina and coordinated efficiency. You instill desire by creating a superlative example. The noblest form of leadership is by example and that is what Bart Starr is about." Bart Starr: When Leadership Mattered shows with clarity and stunning insight just how true Lombardi's compliment was. Drafted in the seventeenth round out of the University of Alabama after a checkered collegiate career, Starr was just hoping to catch the eye of an NFL team. As the 199th selection in the 1956 draft, his expectations and those of the team and fans were limited. But Bart Starr rose above everyone's expectations to will his way to the starting job, aided by the encouragement of Lombardi, who became Packer head coach in 1959. This book reveals all the details of Starr's improbable rise to stardom. It explores his relationship with Lombardi and his guidance of the Packers from a downtrodden franchise to five-time World Champions to two-time Super Bowl winners. His epic battles with rivals such as the Bears and Lions and the famous Ice Bowl are also recalled in unforgettable fashion. But most of all, Bart Starr: When Leadership Mattered is about a modestly talented football player who with uncommon intelligence, grit, and leadership elevated his play and that of his teammates. The Packers would not have been the Packers without Bart Starr.
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Editorial Reviews

Packersnews.com
Claerbaut pulls together a credible and well-written biography of the usually reticent Green Bay Packers hero. With the help of Starr's teammates from the Glory Days, Claerbaut incorporates a history of the Packers during this era as well as a look at the star quarterback, whom few people really know.
— Jean Peerenboom
Tampa Review
Claerbaut sweeps away the myths and romance surrounding the Packers to reveal what most pro-football experts knew — Starr... was a leader who could inspire a team by his actions.
— Bob D'Angelo
Booklist
A carefully researched and fluidly written biography of one of football's truly great players and a glimpse inside one of its great teams.
— Wes Lukowsky
Birmingham Post-Herald
A celebration of one of the flat-top good guys from an era not so terribly long ago.
— Scott Adamson
Packersnews.Com - Jean Peerenboom
Claerbaut pulls together a credible and well-written biography of the usually reticent Green Bay Packers hero. With the help of Starr's teammates from the Glory Days, Claerbaut incorporates a history of the Packers during this era as well as a look at the star quarterback, whom few people really know.
Tampa Review - Bob D'Angelo
Claerbaut sweeps away the myths and romance surrounding the Packers to reveal what most pro-football experts knew — Starr... was a leader who could inspire a team by his actions.
Booklist - Wes Lukowsky
A carefully researched and fluidly written biography of one of football's truly great players and a glimpse inside one of its great teams.
Birmingham Post-Herald - Scott Adamson
A celebration of one of the flat-top good guys from an era not so terribly long ago.
Library Journal
Bart Starr was the leader of Vince Lombardi's five-time champion Green Bay Packer dynasty in the 1960s and often favorably compared with the greatest quarterbacks in history. Although his personal statistics were not overwhelming, he was at his best in the post-season and won more NFL titles than any other quarterback. He retired in 1972 and then had an unsuccessful nine-year run as Packer coach that ended in 1983; he has since faded from public view. Business consultant Claerbaut recounts Starr's inspirational story of triumph through diligence but by leaning heavily on previous works, in particular Gene Schoor's Bart Starr: A Life and Starr's autobiography, Starr: My Life in Football. Claerbaut's anecdotes and quotes appear to have come from previous sources, and he does not seem to have done any original interviews. The one unique thing that the author does is to apply lessons from basketball great Bill Russell's book on leadership, Russell Rules, to Starr's life. This is a serviceable biography of a Hall of Fame quarterback, but it offers nothing new. Packer fans will be curious, but otherwise not an essential purchase. John Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, NJ Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589793156
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/25/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,426,412
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

David Claerbaut is the author of numerous books, including Recruiting Confidential. He is a business consultant and lives in Chicago, Illinois.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Nothing Has Happened since the Sixties     1
A Great Quarterback     7
Faith and Will     17
Unlikely Hero     23
College Bound     31
High and Low Tide     37
Character Triumphs     45
Humble Beginnings     51
Illusion     59
Brownout     65
Turnaround Incarnate     75
Sudden Impact     89
Never Again     101
Titletown's Quarterback     113
Not Perfection, but Excellence     125
Almost     141
The Long Road Back     151
At the Summit     161
Challenge III Redux     171
The Drive to the Top     181
Transition     193
Playing with Pain     203
Prayers and Patience     207
Hard Times     215
What Have I Done with My Life?     223
Bibliography     229
Index     231
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