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Evers signs bill renaming downtown bridge to honor Packers great Bart Starr

Bart Starr in 2017 (WBAY file photo)
Bart Starr in 2017 (WBAY file photo)(WBAY)
Published: Jul. 27, 2021 at 11:57 AM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Green Bay’s Walnut Street Bridge will now be known as the Bart Starr Memorial Bridge.

Gov. Tony Evers signed Senate Bill 101 Tuesday at Lambeau Field.

“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,” said Gov. Evers. “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. I am proud and honored today to sign Senate Bill 101 designating the Walnut Street Bridge here in Green Bay as the Bart Starr Memorial Bridge.”

The bill, introduced by Green Bay area lawmakers, designates the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to mark the Highway 29 bridge crossing the Fox River for the late, great Packers quarterback.

The bill was backed by Representatives David Steffen (R-Howard), John Macco (R-Ledgeview), Kristina Shelton (D-Green Bay) and Sen. Eric Wimberger (R-Green Bay).

“What a fitting tribute to a man who was a great example both on and off the field. Bart Starr was truly someone to look up to and model yourself after and I am proud to be part of recognizing his legacy and influence he had throughout the City of Green Bay and the state of Wisconsin,” said Rep. Steffen, lead author.

Starr passed away on May 26, 2019, at the age of 85. Starr led the Packers to an astonishing five NFL titles. The most famous of those games was the 1967 Ice Bowl at Lambeau Field. Bart Starr’s quarterback sneak won the game for the Packers and cemented him in the history of the NFL, Green Bay, and all of sports.

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