Jerry Kramer is Finally in the Hall
He wanted it. He deserved it. And Jerry Kramer finally got it.
Jerry Kramer is finally in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
We’ve made the case many times. Kramer was named to the NFL’s 50th anniversary team. He was named to the 1960s all-decade team. He was a five-time first-team All Pro. He was a three-time Pro Bowler. The resume is obvious.
Jerry Kramer was a Hall of Famer.
Despite the obvious credentials, Kramer never made it as a modern candidate. He was a finalist nine times. He was a senior’s committee nominee previously in 1997. And that’s how he finally got in. Probably his last chance. But the proper thing was finally done.
It’s much like the road Dave Robinson took. Robinson, a worthy Hall of Famer himself — and a fantastic individual as an aside — waited until 2013 to get his call.
There have been plenty of rumors about why Kramer wasn’t in the Hall. There’s the Packers’ hangover — Kramer is the 13th Lombardi players to be inducted. Some people felt that the induction committee just didn’t want to put another Packer from that era in the Hall.
There’s the fact that Kramer played guard and guards are undervalued when it comes to the Hall.
Some people thought that Kramer’s book, Instant Replay, rubbed a lot of people the wrong way, revealed too much, and therefore former teammates looked down on him and conspired against him. In these halls, we’ve actually been told not to mention Jerry Kramer or the book when speaking to guys from those 60s teams. Some of them were clearly not happy with him or it.
But this isn’t about that. This is about a guy who deservingly belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Jerry Kramer, man.
You create a seal here! And you create a seal here! The power sweep wouldn’t have been the power sweep without that guy.