It’s rare to find a #7 FEIL in sports. If you do, they may be a center in the NBA, or perhaps a pitcher in the MLB. As a reminder to our rookie audience, the “L” in their Brain Type stands for Left brain dominant. The Left brain specializes in concentrating on one issue at a time, and its control of the motor skills tend to be more mechanical. Among other differences, Left-brained athletes are cerebrally designed to see one part of their field of play in an exact fashion, whereas Right-brainers see the entire field of play in an inexact way. As such, at the quarterback position especially, Left-brainers don’t often get to the professional level. Yet, one man back in the 1960s did fair quite well, and his name was Bart Starr for the Green Bay Packers. Star passed away on Sunday at the age of 85, and a statement in his honor read, “While he may always be best known for his success as the Packers quarterback for 16 years, his true legacy will always be the respectful manner in which he treated every person he met, his humble demeanor, and his generous spirit.”
How well did Starr do in the NFL? He led Green Bay to six division titles, five NFL championships two Super Bowls titles. In fact, until a fellow named Brett Favre (#5 FEIR) came along, Starr was known as the best Packer ever! He held to one motto that was perfect for not only #7s like him, but any Left brain design who may be less athletically gifted: “Desire and dedication are everything.” He also went on to say, “If you work harder than somebody else, chances are you’ll beat him though he has more talent than you.” He credited coach Vince Lombardi for showing him “that by working hard and using my mind, I could overcome my weakness to the point where I could be one of the best.” What better Brain Type than a #15 FCIL like Lombardi to to teach a young man the meaning of hard work, but better yet, using your mind?
When Starr retired in 1971, his career completion percentage of 57.4 was tops in the run-heavy NFL, and his passer rating of 80.5 was second-best ever. How’s that for a Left-brainer? (True, the passing game and secondary defenses were not all that sophisticated back then.) Yes, hard work and determination led Bart Starr to be one of the best of his day, and he will long be remembered as a man who succeeded both on and off the field.
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