While researching something else online, I tripped over this Los Angeles Times story from 2008 about the guy who replaced Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr, a former Alabama player.
His replacement was another Alabama player, Scott Hunter, one of the all-time nice guys I’ve meet in this business.
The Los Angeles Times published “Hunter knows about replacing a legend” because Green Bay was set to replace another quarterback legend, Brett Favre, with Aaron Rodgers.
Hunter told The Los Angeles Times about how he replaced Starr as a rookie in 1971 and then was coached by him in 1972 when Starr was quarterbacks coach.
“I worked very closely with him and was schooled very carefully by him,” Hunter said. “He was such a great guy to play with and to be coached by that it was an easy transition, in a sense. It was a little different than what they’re going through now.
“Bart, for the most part, was at the end of his career and all the Packer fans knew it and knew that a transition was coming, so I don’t think it was as difficult as the situation with Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers.”