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Bart Starr
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January 17, 1956

The Packers select Alabama quarterback Bart Starr in the 17th round of the 1956 NFL Draft. Ten months later, with two of the top four picks in the ’57 draft, the Packers select Heisman Trophy winner Paul Hornung from Notre Dame with the first pick and end Ron Kramer from Michigan with the fourth.

Starr would go on to quarterback the Packers to five championships in a seven-year span under head coach Vince Lombardi, earning MVP honors in each of the first two Super Bowls. Hornung became a prolific backfield weapon, whether on the Packers’ famous sweep or throwing the halfback option, and he led the NFL in scoring in three consecutive seasons (1959-61). His 176 points in the 12-game, 1960 season stood as the league’s single-season mark for 46 years, until broken by LaDainian Tomlinson in 16 games in 2006. Kramer would lead all of Starr’s receivers with seven touchdown catches on the 1962 title team.

Kramer would be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1975, while Starr (’77) and Hornung (’86) would ultimately be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
  • Bart Starr
    Photo credit: AP
  • Bart Starr
    Photo credit: AP