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Packers great Starr hoping to make Favre jersey retirement ceremony

<p>Feb 1, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; NFL hall of fame quarterback Bart Starr speaks after awarding Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten with the 2013 Bart Starr award at the Super Bowl Breakfast at the Hyatt Regency before Super Bowl XLVII. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports</p>

Feb 1, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; NFL hall of fame quarterback Bart Starr speaks after awarding Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten with the 2013 Bart Starr award at the Super Bowl Breakfast at the Hyatt Regency before Super Bowl XLVII. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

A heart attack, lung infection and multiple strokes have debilitated Packers Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr over the years.

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It wasn't that long ago that the 81-year-old Bart Starr's return to Lambeau Field on Thanksgiving was doubtful. But, his wife, Cherry, is offering new hope.

Starr is working to become strong enough to travel to Lambeau Field to join Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre when Favre's number goes up on the stadium facade in a special ceremony.

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Starr recently suffered a life-threatening lung infection about a year after a heart attack and multiple strokes debilitated him. In recent weeks, he has returned home and worked on rehabilitating. Cherry Starr tells Press-Gazette Media that if the ceremony were tomorrow, her husband would be there.

The legendary Green Bay Packers' quarterback still can't walk without assistance. He and his wife will soon travel out of the country for Starr's second experimental stem cell treatment.