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Jerry Kramer

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.

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11 Comments

  1. Howard February 4, 2018

    Congratulations to Jerry Kramer!
    Let us not forget Kramer was also a field goal kicker. Not a great one, however on a very windy, cold day in the 1962 NFL Championship game Kramer kicked 3 field goals and an extra point. Kramer scored 10 points in a Packer 16-7 win over the Giants.

  2. PF4L February 4, 2018

    Yea, it was his last chance, he’s in, it was a good day yesterday.

    Now…anything on TV tonight?

    1. Kato February 4, 2018

      I don’t think so?

  3. Kato February 4, 2018

    What an entertaining super bowl. Eagles win with a backup QB. And the strength of their team didn’t play well. Although their defense did come up with a play when they had to

    1. Cheese February 4, 2018

      Nick Foles is no slouch. More than likely the best back up in the league. Definitely better than several starters. Take note Green Bay, that’s what you want a back up to look like.

  4. Mitch Anthony February 5, 2018

    Jerry Kramer was probably more widely known up to this point for not getting into the HOF. Don’t get me wrong, he deserves it and I’m glad he was voted in. My point is that if he was voted in many years ago when a bunch of folks think he should have been, he’d be more a trivia answer than as well known as he is yet today. The fact that he kept getting passed over in the voting lead to more notoriety for him as time went on.

  5. Savage57 February 5, 2018

    Great article that captures the moment he found out he was in and captures the essence of the guy perfectly, even at age 81.

    https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/04/jerry-kramer-2018-hall-fame

  6. Zwoeger February 5, 2018

    I’m only following American football and the Nfl for 13 years now (just a coincidence) so I don’t know mr. Kramer really well but as a Packers fan since I started to root for one team I’m happy.
    As I was with the SB VII game.
    What a game. I’m happy for Foles too, delivering what I tought of him from the beginning of his career.
    Loved that epic 4th down conversion trick play. If only we had a coach like DP. Obviously a GM like Howie Roseman would have helped too to get AR more rings.

  7. Zwoeger February 5, 2018

    LII

  8. Ted Hawthorne February 5, 2018

    Kramer doesn’t belong in the Hall? Ask Jethro Pugh.

  9. Icebowl February 5, 2018

    December 31, 1967 !!!!!!!!
    Congrats Jerry !