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Zeke Bratkowski, 88, NFL/HoF; 1960s back-up Packers QB for Bart Starr
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That Derek
2019-11-13 15:13:56 UTC
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Packers Hall of Fame QB Zeke Bratkowski, longtime Bart Starr backup, dies at age 88

JR Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Published 2:20 p.m. CT Nov. 11, 2019 |
Updated 7:22 a.m. CT Nov. 13, 2019

Packers Hall of Famer Zeke Bratkowski, a quarterback in Green Bay from 1963-68 and again in 1971, has died in his Florida home at the age of 88, the Packers said.

Bratkowski mostly played backup to Bart Starr during Green Bay's 1960s dynasty. His most famous performance was in a 13-10 overtime playoff win in 1965 over the Baltimore Colts in relief of an injured Starr, setting up the Packers to defeat the Cleveland Browns in the NFL championship one week later.

It marked the first of three straight championship seasons, and Bratkowski played briefly in both Super Bowl wins in the two years that followed.

Born in Illinois and a college star at the University of Georgia, Bratkowski started his career with the Bears and was a seasoned veteran by the time the Packers traded for him in 1963.

During that three-year run of championships, the Packers were 8-1 in games, including postseason, where Bratkowski either started or replaced Starr with the score tied or the Packers trailing by seven points or fewer.

Born in Illinois and a college star at the University of Georgia, Bratkowski started his career with the Bears and was a seasoned veteran by the time the Packers traded for him in 1963.

During that three-year run of championships, the Packers were 8-1 in games, including postseason, where Bratkowski either started or replaced Starr with the score tied or the Packers trailing by seven points or fewer.

Bratkowski also served two stints as a Packers assistant coach from 1969-70 and 1975-81. He was an early advocate for aerobic training for pro football players.

Bratkowksi also belongs to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame (inducted in 1980), the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame (1995) and the University of Georgia's Circle of Honor (2006) in addition to the Packers Hall of Fame (1989).

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Michael OConnor
2019-11-13 15:53:24 UTC
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Sorry to hear of his passing, as I met Zeke Bratkowski at a football event in Green Bay in 2016. He was one of the guest speakers.
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Bratkowski mostly played backup to Bart Starr during Green Bay's 1960s dynasty. His most famous performance was in a 13-10 overtime playoff win in 1965 over the Baltimore Colts in relief of an injured Starr, setting up the Packers to defeat the Cleveland Browns in the NFL championship one week later.
That was the 1965 NFL Western Division tiebreaker game, where both starting QB's, (Starr and Baltimore's Johnny Unitas) went out of the game, and Colts RB Tom Matte, who was a QB in college, had to take over at QB for Baltimore. The Packers won due to a controversial Don Chandler field goal, where many felt the kick, which veered right, went over the goal posts but didn't go within the space between the goal posts, as you can see in the video:



At that time, the goal posts were only 10 feet high, but after the controversy over the Chandler kick, Colts coach Don Shula convinced the NFL to extend the height of the goal posts to 20 feet.

The victory over the Colts put the Packers into the 1965 NFL Championship game, where they defeated the Browns 23-12 in Jim Brown's final NFL game.
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