We’ve been saying for a long time that former Green Bay Packers guard Jerry Kramer deserves to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
We’ve also detailed plenty of reasons why he isn’t.
But the bottom line is this, his credentials are impeccable. Perhaps the most telling is this: Kramer is the single player on the NFL’s 50th Anniversary Team NOT in the Hall of Fame. How does that make any sense?
There are of course the five-time first-team All Pros, three Pro Bowls, and the fact that he’s a member of the 1960s All-Decade Team.
So Kramer will get another run this go-round. Kramer was named a senior finalist for the Hall of Fame on Thursday.
This is the second time he has been considered by the Senior Committee. Kramer was a finalist nine times through the regular election.
Maybe the 11th time is the charm?
It seems that if Kramer wasn’t elected 10 other times, he isn’t going to make it. The voters have heard the case and for whatever reason, haven’t liked it.
However, it’s certainly not a lost cause. One of our favorite guys, linebacker Dave Robinson, who played on those same Lombardi teams, got the Senior Committee nod in 2013. A well-deserved one and a long time coming.
We’d love to see Kramer finally get in. He deserves to be in. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely to be a slam dunk.
If they correct this travesty, maybe they can move on and put the next two Packers who deserve to be there in: Sterling Sharpe and LeRoy Butler.