Bart Starr collapses on stage, Hall of Fame QB faints after delivering his speech in Wisconsin

By on Dec 5, 2012 in Football, Sports, United States Comments

Legendary Green Bay Packers quarterback (QB) Bart Starr collapses on stage on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, after delivering an inspirational speech in Wisconsin. Starr, 78, who was elected to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 1981, was reportedly fine shortly after the incident.

Bart Starr

Bart Starr in 2011
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According to Fox Sports Wisconsin that day, Bart Starr was the keynote speaker at the Multifamily Housing and Economic Development Conference, which was held at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, and spoke in front of the crowd for about 45 minutes before he fainted.

“He gave a terrific speech about how organizations build success through talented people who form a great team. Kevin Fischer, a spokesman for the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA), was quoted in the report, noting that Starr started his speech at around 9 a.m. (local time).

“But he also talked about his time playing with the Green Bay Packers in the 1960s under Vince Lombardi. At the very end, you could see the appearance was awkward. When he collapsed, there was an audible gasp in the crowd. People came forward to help him.” Fischer added, emphasizing that Starr is now fine.

Starr, who wore the #15 jersey when he was a Green Bay Packers quarterback from 1956 to 1971, led the team to multiple NFL championships. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1977. He won the league MVP award in 1966, and became the Packer‘s coach from 1975-83.

Meanwhile, Fischer noted that Starr was not brought to the hospital after he collapsed, and that he was conscious and speaking coherently, indicating that he is fine. He and his wife Cherry, left the conference via a private limousine bound for the Dane County Regional Airport, and will fly back home to Alabama.

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