Former Green Bay Packers guard Jerry Kramer finally got the Pro Football Hall of Fame call this year. On Thursday, he got fitted for his gold jacket.
Among his thoughts were, “I’ve waited 50 years for this.”
And, “I’d never dreamed it would be this good.”
— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) July 12, 2018
We’ve long considered Kramer an oversight for the Hall of Fame. He is a member of the 1960s All-Decade team. He’s a member of the NFL’s 50th Anniversary team.
He was a five-time first-team All Pro. He was part of the reason Jim Taylor and Paul Hornung are in the Hall, as one of the lead blockers on the Lombardi Sweep.
It’s about time Kramer made the Hall. Long overdue. Like linebacker Dave Robinson before him, who was also a senior committee pick, Kramer likely suffered somewhat from the Lombardi hangover. That in which voters feel they can’t put too many players in from the same team from a certain era.
Of course, Kramer also had additional red flags that potentially hindered his candidacy.
All is moot now, though.
Jerry Kramer has the jacket. He’ll get the bust. He’ll take his rightful place among the game’s greats.
I’m a 53 year old life long Packer fan from Indiana and have had the fortune to attend many Packer games through the years, and going out in Green Bay on a game weekend means you would probably run into some former players. Ive had the opportunity to chat with Mr. Kramer several times throuout the years and he is everything you would hope a football hero would be! I’m so happy for him finally getting his jacket, he was great player, is great person and is deserving as any player to be in The Hall of Fame!
Enjoy your conversations with the other busts when the lights are out????
Don’t forget he (Ken Bowman?) made the most famous block of all time.
Best selling author; Instant Replay, along with Ball Four, first began broaching the barriers between teams and the public.
One of the leading all time scorers among lineman- he placekicked for a few years and had over 150 career points. Led the Packers in scoring in 1963.
He should have been in long ago, but glad to see a wrong finally righted.
And now we have reporters and cameras in locker rooms while players are taking showers with their junk hanging out because fans “NEED” to know EVERYTHING. Why don’t we have camera crews in women’s locker rooms? Privacy issues?? I NEED to see what goes on in there!!!!
Kramer not only played an important part in the ice bowl, but also played an even more important part in the 1962 championship title game. Kramer kicked three field goals and an extra point in that game and the Packers won 16–7 on a very windy day in Giant stadium with the temps in the teens.
Very happy for Kramer and his family. I wish his parents could have been around for the hall of fame induction. I remember in my early days staying the weekends with Kramer’s parents. His parents were so proud of Jerry, and I was in awe when they would show me Jerry’s room with Packer pictures and other Packer paraphernalia.
I may have been born as a Packer fan, but Jerry Kramer cemented my unbreakable bond as a Packer fan. In addition Kramer and the 60’s Packers made me a life long interested observer of the NFL.