Gov. Evers signs bill designating Green Bay bridge as ‘Bart Starr Memorial Bridge’

Bart Starr

GREEN BAY, Wis. — A new tribute to Green Bay Packers legend Bart Starr is now official.

Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday signed into law 2021 Wisconsin Act 74, which designates the Walnut Street Bridge in Green Bay as Bart Starr Memorial Bridge.

“Bart Starr was an exceptional man both on and off the field. He, alongside the great Vince Lombardi, propelled our Green Bay Packers into sports history and helped put Green Bay on the map as Titletown USA,” Evers said. “By all accounts, he was not only a good and decent man, but he had a deep love for this community and helped form the Packers as we know and love them today.”

Starr kicked off his iconic career with the Packers in 1956. With coaching from Vince Lombardi, Starr eventually led the team to six divisional championshiops, five NFL championships and the first two Super Bowls. He is also the only quarterback in history to lead a team to three consecutive NFL championships.

“Our family is humbled and honored by the decision to name the Walnut Street Bridge after my late husband, Bart Starr,” said Cherry Starr. “We are particularly grateful to Governor Evers, the members of the Wisconsin legislature, and the many individuals in Green Bay who initiated and supported this idea. For decades Bart told everyone he met about the remarkable people in this city and state. This gesture shows once again why our family has and always will cherish this community.”

Starr was inducted into the Pro Football, Packer, and Wisconsin Athletic Halls of Fame and is one of six former Packers to have his jersey number retired.

He died May 26, 2019.