Disappointment hit the Green Bay Packers again today as former Packers offensive lineman Jerry Kramer was snubbed from the Hall of Fame again.
Kramer was a vital part in the Packers’ five championship back in the ’60s and his talents have been forgotten by many of the voters today and by younger generation fans like me. The main problem that Kramer has now is the fact that the offensive lineman position doesn’t have any stats to consider.
Quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs are positions where someone can look at stats, compare to other Hall of Fame players and make an opinion based on that. In Kramer’s case, it is hard for anyone to realize how important or unimportant he was to the Packers.
However, there is video of his play and there are still voters who were around to see Kramer play to know that he is worthy. If that is not enough, then the overwhelming support for Kramer should be enough to nominate him. There has been numerous letters of recommendations from former NFL players such as Frank Gifford, Roger Staubach, Alan Page, Paul Hornung, Larry Csonka, Joe Gibbs, Mike Ditka, Donald Driver, Jim Kelly, Warren Moon and many more.
Also, look at the accomplishments Kramer had in his career. He is a three-time Pro Bowler and was selected to five All-Pro teams. Kramer was also selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team in the ’60s and made the NFL’s 50th anniversary team. Along with with his five championships, this should all be enough to get Kramer into the Hall. His snubbing has even created a support group started by his daughter.
Though the support is much appreciated by Kramer, he has said that if he is not nominated this year, he wants all of the support to stop and said it is time to move on. He has been gracious throughout this entire process and he shows no signs of resentment or anger about not being selected.
“I just can’t get too angry about not being in the Hall of Fame because football has given me so many presents. So it seems a little small to be upset about one they didn’t give you,” Kramer said. “Life has been pretty good for Jerry Kramer and football has been very good for Jerry Kramer.”
On a side note, it was not a total loss for the Packers today as Kramer’s teammate, linebacker Dave Robinson, received a nomination. Hopefully one day Kramer will be able to join his teammate in the Hall of Fame.
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