For decades, Jerry Kramer has been passed over when inductees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame have been chosen. Hehas been widely recognized as one of the greatest players in NFL history at his position (offensive guard), and is richly deserving of a place in Canton, OH.
Here are some of the highlights of his career:
-Kramer won 5 World Championship titles including the first 2 Superbowls with the Green Bay Packers.
- He was selected as an All-Pro 5 times.
- He was named to 3 pro bowls.
- He was named as a guard on the 50th Anniversary NFL Team in 1970. He is the only member of this team not in the Hall of Fame.
- He was named a member of the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1960s by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee.
- He was named a starting guard in "The Ultimate Super Bowl 40 Man Roster", the 40th anniversary all-time Super Bowl team.
-An NFL Network production of the "Top 10 not in the Hall of Fame"voted Jerry the number one player not in the Hall of Fame.
-He was instrumental in leading the power rushing game of Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers in the 1960s. He is well know as a lead blocker of the famous "Packer Sweep".
- His blocking helped running back Jim Taylor average over 5 yards a carry for 3 years. The lowest average for any leading rusher during Jerry's career was 3.5 yards.
- Kramer and center Ken Bowman made the crucial blocks that allowed Bart Starr to score the winning touchdown in the "Ice Bowl".
- He also served as a place kicker, scoring 177 points.
- He was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1975.
- His jersey number (64) has been retired at his alma mater, the University of Idaho.
- He was inducted into the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame in 1990.
- He was named to the 50th Anniversary Senior Bowl All-Time Team
- Many injuries and a serious illness could not keep Kramer down. Each and every time, determination brought him back to fight another day.
- After Jerry's football career ended, his work didn't stop. He wrote and co-wrote best-selling books chronicling his experiences in the NFL, including:
Instant Replay, 1968 (with Dick Schaap)
Farewell to Football, 1969 (with Dick Schaap)
Lombardi: Winning is the Only Thing, 1970, 1976 (Jerry Kramer, Ed.)
Distant Replay, 1985 (with Dick Schaap)
- Jerry Kramer founded the "Gridiron Greats" assistance fund (visit it atwww.gridirongreats.org). This fund provides financial assistance and coordination of social services to many retired players who have urgent needs for a variety of reasons, including inadequate disability and/or pensions. He used proceeds from the auction of his replica Super Bowl I ring (the original was stolen) as initial funding.
Show your support for Jerry and sign this petition. Make known your feelings that Jerry Kramer should be given a spot in a place he belongs.
He belongs in Canton.
This man has been a "finalist" long enough. Any student of the game knows what he's contributed and it's high time he is relegated to the Hall of Fame.
AJ Shareholder Lombardi
Judged as a player and not as an author, Jerry Kramer should have been elected to the Hall of Fame many years ago
Al Mayo7 days ago State: Maryland
Country: United States
Comments: The idea that Jerry Kramer is not in the HOF is just preposterous. Thus man was named to the NFL first 50 year All-Pro team, ad can't get elected to the HOF? I first read Jerry's "Instant Replay" when I was a kid, and grabbed everything else as soon as it was printed. Kramer more than merits induction as a player, but his additional contribution as an author who opened up the world of the NFL needs to be recognized as well. I'm Ohio-Bred, and have always been proud the Hall is in Canton, but it's time for the HOF to get off it's collective rear end, and induct Jerry Kramer.....NOW!!!!
George Humphreys1 week ago State: Georgia
Country: United States
Comments: I cannot imagine the argument against Mr. Kramer that could over ride the opinions expressed by SO MANY contemporaries, both in the Hall themselves and those not inducted. It can't be possible to be the ONLY offensive guard named to the NFL's Team of the first FIFTY years and be excluded from it's Hall of Fame. Please reverse this situation while the man and his family can enjoy the well-deserved honor together. It's the right thing to do.
Dr. Marty K. Sanner1 week ago State: Oklahoma
Country: United States
Comments: I remember watching the Green Bay Packer before the age of 5years old. That was 1966. Even at that age I could name every player. Jerry Kramer may be the best player to never be inducted into the Hall of Fame. It's now time to correct a very big mistake. Jerry Kramer has more than paid his dues. Please, this coming year, induct this great player.
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