Bart Starr undergoing stem cell treatments after strokes

Posted by Michael David Smith on June 17, 2015, 12:30 PM EDT
49ers Packers Football AP

Hall of Fame Packers quarterback Bart Starr has been in failing health for several months, but his family said in a statement released today that there is some room for optimism, thanks to an experimental treatment.

“Following Bart’s strokes, our family began to investigate numerous therapy options. Several months ago we applied for and were accepted into a clinical trial using stem cells. Friday we safely returned home from the first of the two treatments,” the Starr family said. “While we welcome everyone’s interest and support of Bart’s health, at this time, we’d like to allow him a chance to fully participate in the clinical trial and let the results, if any, to speak for themselves. At an appropriate time in the future, our family looks forward to sharing the details of Bart’s participation in this most important clinical exploration of what role stem cells may play in the treatment of stroke. Until then, we continue to thank you for all of your love and prayers. Your support has given us much strength over the past nine months. Bart joins me in sending our love and appreciation to all our special friends and fans. We are working hard toward the one goal he most cherishes: a return to Green Bay for a Packers game.”

The 81-year-old Starr played 16 seasons for the Packers and was the MVP of the first two Super Bowls. He was later the Packers’ head coach from 1975 to 1983.