Jerry Kramer was a guard and placekicker for the Green Bay Packers from 1958-1968. He fought tooth and nail under legendary head coach Vince Lombardi and has two rings to show for it. Unfortunately, there is still one thing missing from his résumé.
Kramer is the only player from the NFL 50th anniversary team to not be inducted into the Hall of Fame. He has also been a Hall of Fame finalist 10 times, making him the only player to be nominated 10 times without ever being inducted.
With Kramer suiting up at right guard, the Packers went on to win five NFL championships as well as Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II. Kramer’s most famous moment came in the “Ice Bowl” when he was the lead blocker who paved the way for Bart Starr to score the iconic touchdown. Kramer was selected to the Pro Bowl three times, the First-Team All-Pro five times and is a member of the NFL 1960s All-Decade Team.
Kramer meant everything to the Packers as he was Lombardi on the field. The famous Packers Power Sweep was run with Kramer paving the way on every down. He made so many important plays in Green Bay’s rich football history it is not wonder he was instantly inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame. Kramer had 22 surgeries in 11 seasons as well as a 23rd surgery after he retired. He has given it all and then some to the game of football.
After football Kramer became a very successful author. He wrote the best-seller Instant Replay after the 1967 season, one year before he would retire. He went on to write Farewell to Football, Lombardi: Winning Is the Only Thing (shortly after the coach passed away) and Distant Replay. In 2005, Kramer released a CD set titled Inside the Locker Room, which included Lombardi’s address to his players after the team won Super Bowl II. It would be his last address he would ever give as the head coach of the Packers.
Kramer is an accomplished man that has done his part to honor the NFL and his Packer teammates in every way a person can. At the very least, the NFL should welcome him with open arms by officially inducting him into the Hall of Fame. All the players Kramer has played with and against are there just waiting for him to join them. It is simply not right that the NFL Seniors committee have yet to properly acknowledge his achievements.
President of NFL Films Steve Sabol, whose father Ed Sabol was just inducted into the Hall of Fame last year, has stated Kramer is the best player to not be decorated in Canton. Hall of Fame Vice President Joe Horrigan has gone on record saying 25 percent of the mail they receive every day is regarding Kramer and what it will take to get him inducted.
If you are a Packer fan or a fan of football in general you have to agree Kramer deserves this honor. There are several ways to propel his name to the top of the list and force the hand of the NFL Seniors committee.
Use twitter as an advantage to get your voice heard. Jerry’s daughter Alicia Kramer is currently leading the charge in hopes of getting her father inducted into the Hall of Fame while he is still alive to see it happen. Make sure to use @JerryKramer4HOF when sending out a tweet.
Another way to help Kramer’s cause is by signing a petition to get his name noticed. Also, make sure to visit the official Jerry Kramer for Pro Football Hall of Fame website to learn more about Kramer and the movement to get him inducted.