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Bart Starr to speak at Fairbanks in Indianapolis

On Monday, May 15, 2006 legendary Green Bay Packer Bart Starr will be the keynote speaker at the Fairbanks Fifth Annual Circle of Hope Dinner held at the Indianapolis Downtown Marriott.

Starr will discuss the profound effects that drug addiction can have on a person and his/her family. Having lost his own son to a drug addiction, he knows firsthand the impact it can have. Starr has committed much time and money to this cause. Today, he runs Healthcare Realty Management. Additionally, he co-founded The Rawhide Ranch, a home that provides assistance for young boys in trouble.

According to its website, Fairbanks is a nonprofit organization that focuses on recovery from alcohol and drug problems. The organization provides programs and services to improve the well-being of individuals, families and communities. For the past five years, they have hosted a dinner with a celebrity guest speaker. All proceeds from the event will go toward supporting the Recovery High School at Fairbanks, which opens on Aug. 3, 2006. For more information, visit this site.

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Vote for Bart Starr as the All-Time best Super Bowl quarterback

ESPN.com is currently conducting a poll to determine the Ultimate Super Bowl 40-man roster. The winners will be announced on Jan. 26, 2006 at 9 p.m. ET. A distinguished panel of voters will determine the first 39 spots on the team, including 18 offensive players, 18 defensive players, a kicker, punter and kick returner. The 40th individual will be the player with the highest online voting total on ESPN.com who was not already picked by the panel.

The legendary Bart Starr, who was named MVP of Super Bowls I and II, is among those on the ballot for best quarterback. During his tenure with the Green Bay Packers, Starr was honored as the team MVP in 1966. He led the league in passing three times and won five NFL titles in addition to his Super Bowl championships. Starr was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 1977. This quarterback deserves to be named on the Ultimate Super Bowl roster. Visit ESPN.com to vote for Bart Starr.

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A True Starr

Originally published on the Buccaneers.com.

When he won the NFL Man of the Year Award in 2000, Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks joined such company as Dan Marino, Troy Aikman, Junior Seau, John Elway, Dwight Stephenson and Lynn Swann.

When he was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2002, Brooks added his name to a list that also included Ray Lewis, Bruce Smith, Lawrence Taylor, Lester Hayes, Lee Roy Selmon, Warren Sapp and Joe Greene.

Now, Brooks has done it again. On Saturday morning, at a press conference held in the shadow of Super Bowl XXXVIII, Brooks was named the winner of the 2004 Bart Starr Award. By doing so, he put his name next to such NFL luminaries as Anthony Munoz, Mike Singletary, Reggie White, Jackie Slater, Darrell Green and Bruce Matthews.

Presented by Athletes in Action since 1988 and sanctioned by the NFL, the Bart Starr Award honors the NFL player who best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community. The man for whom the award is named, the NFL Hall of Fame quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, personally presented the prestigious award to Brooks on Saturday. Starr was selected as a model for the award because of his life-long commitment to serving his family and his community.

"I'm very humbled to receive this award", said Brooks at the press conference. "It's truly an honor to be acknowledged with some of the other great men who have received this award. I'm just trying to follow in the footsteps of some great athletes, some of the people who made this game what it is today. I not only want to make a difference on the football field but also do something to make a difference off the field".

That it was Starr, the MVP of Super Bowls I and II, who handed the award over to Brooks was an additional honor. Brooks is likely to join the Packer legend in the Pro Football Hall of Fame at some point, but he was still floored when Starr called to inform him that he had won a few days ago. Brooks was driving in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida when he got the call from a representative in Starr's office.

"The woman on the line said, 'Is this Derrick Brooks?' and I said, 'It depends on who's calling?' Brooks recalled with a laugh. 'She said she was calling from Bart Starr's office and I had won the Bart Starr Award. I then very proudly said, 'This is Derrick Brooks.'"

Starr was next on the line and Brooks had to pull over to finish the conversation. "He said it was a great honor to give me the award", said the oft-decorated Buccaneer. "I was so excited I had to call my wife, Carol, right away. She said, "Honey, that's great. What time will you be home? The kids want to see you.'"

The Bart Starr Award is voted on by NFL players at the same time that Pro Bowl ballots are cast. This year, Brooks was chosen from among four finalists, which also included Micheal Barrow of the New York Giants, Jon Kitna of the Cincinnati Bengals and Troy Vincent of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Several former Bart Starr Award winners were on hand for Saturday's announcement, including Hall of Famers Munoz and Singletary. Another Starr winner, former San Francisco 49er Brent Jones, served as the event?s emcee.

Brooks is the first active Buccaneer to receiver the award. Last year's winner was Seattle Seahawks quarterback Trent Dilfer, a former Buccaneer. Other past winners include Steve Largent, Aeneas Williams, Irving Fryar and Darren Woodson.

Brooks had another outstanding year on and off the field in 2003. He led the team with 151 tackles and added two interceptions, a sack, three forced fumbles and nine passes defensed. He also continued and expanded upon such community endeavors as his highly-regarded 'Brooks' Bunch' program, his work on the NFLPA Diversity Committee, his appointment to the Florida State University Board of Trustees and the establishment of his own foundation, The Derrick Brooks Charities.

The Brooks' Bunch program has received national recognition, in large part due to the ambitious trips he takes his students on each summer. Previous Brooks' Bunch expeditions have visited Atlanta, Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago, Tallahassee, the American West and even Africa. Brooks has formed real and lasting relationships with dozens of young men and women through the Brooks' Bunch.

"The impact that these programs have had, you can't help but get excited", he said. "It's truly a blessing. I'm looking forward to new challenges to make their dreams come true. I enjoy what I do because I enjoy getting these kids attention and seeing their dreams come true."

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Bart Starr statue warms the bench

Originally posted on PostCrescent.com.

By Andy Behrendt

More than three years since area folks first huddled up to support a proposed Bart Starr Plaza outside the Resch Center, the long-awaited statue of the legendary Green Bay Packers quarterback has yet to appear.

KI President Dick Resch insists he's called for the snap - that the monument has been designed and ordered ? but said this week he doesn't have a definite timeline for the statue as it awaits its casting date in a New York foundry.

"We'll get it done", Resch said. "We hope to have it done in the next six months."

The statue is to stand on the west side of the Resch Center's facade on Packer Drive, on the Green Bay-Ashwaubenon border. That area has seen major redevelopment in the past few years - with the new Resch Center arena, the renovated Lambeau Field and the new Brown County Veterans Memorial, which pays tribute to America's armed forces.

Michael Lord, a Milwaukee art dealer whom Resch contracted to manage the project, also worked on bringing the statues of sluggers Hank Aaron and Robin Yount to Miller Park in Milwaukee.

Lord said an extensive process has been under way since August 2002 to create the sculpture. He said Starr has posed for the sculpture on multiple occasions.

Health-insurance mogul Ron Weyers also has been a key player in the project.

"It took a little longer because Bart was intimately involved in the details of the sculpture, and Ron and Dick wanted this to be absolutely right", Lord said.

He didn't have details available about when Tallix, a monument-casting company in Beacon, N.Y., would cast the sculpture.

The statue depicts Starr standing, with his helmet off, as he appeared in 1966, Lord said. New York-based artist Brian Maughan sculpted the monument.

It will stand about 7 feet - "bigger than life-size", Resch said. "Of course, Bart was bigger than life-size."

Resch and Weyers first pitched the Bart Starr Plaza idea in September 2000 in a $500,000 fund-raising effort to honor Starr. In the same news conference, arena project leaders announced they would sell commemorative bricks for the plaza that would fund parts of the Resch Center.

The last 100 or so of about 350 total Bart Starr bricks, which sold for $75 to $1,000, will be installed next month, Ashwaubenon Village Finance Director Stephanie Meyers said. That leaves only the statue itself to take shape.

Resch said he and Weyers were still raising funds for the project, though he wouldn't give numbers. That effort continues despite the Ashwaubenon Village Board's decision this year to eventually rename Packer Drive to Armed Forces Way instead of Bart Starr Drive, as Resch had requested.

Although he was surprised that the plans were still on hold for the statue, Ashwaubenon President Nubs DeCleene said there wasn't an urgency to complete the project.

"We want to get the stand in (for the statue)", said DeCleene, an active leader in the Resch Center project. "We want to get that done before the winter. But other than that, there's no major hurry."

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