Packers legend Bart Starr back home after collapsing in Madison

CREATED Dec 4, 2012 - UPDATED: Dec 5, 2012

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  • Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel file photo. Image by Mark Hoffman

MADISON - Packers legend Bart Starr has returned home to Birmingham, Ala. Wednesday after collapsing during a speech in Madison.

It happened as Starr delivered a stirring 45-minute keynote, motivational speech during an economic development conference at Monona Terrace in Madison.

At the end of the speech, there was a silent pause and the 78-year-old legendary quarterback collapsed.

A WHEDA spokesperson says Starr was down for several minutes.  Several of the conference attendees leapt to Starr's aid.  Within minutes, he was talking normally with those at his side.

"After a few minutes he was sitting up, talking, speaking well, speaking coherently," said WHEDA Spokesman Kevin Fischer, who was at the speech.

"The good news is that after Bart Starr fainted, he was sitting up a few minutes later and talking coherently," said Fischer.

Fisher says Starr did not leave in an ambulance, but rather left in a private limo with his wife enroute to the airport.