Packers standout Ron Kramer passes away

The former Packers and Lions tight end Ron Kramer has passed away at the age of 75 at his home.

An All Pro in 1962, Kramer was perhaps most famous for his two touchdowns caught in the 1961 championship win over the Giants.  He played seven years for the Packers and three in Detroit.

Kramer was the fourth overall pick in the 1957 draft and caught 229 passes as a pro.  His cause of death is unknown.

21 responses to “Packers standout Ron Kramer passes away

  1. Uncle Ron was one of the best uncles anyone could ever have. I’m glad I got to see him for the last time at Christmas of 2009. He passed away the way he wanted to, inside his house and in his bed with my grandma (his sister) and uncle (his nephew) right next to him. RIP Uncle Ron!!! I will forever love you!!!
    *~Addie Schram~*

  2. Classy dude.
    In 1958 he lived next door to our 8th grade quarterback. (Annunciation Bulldogs… Green Bay had grade school tackle leagues back then)
    During a teenage party, he and his wife at the time,
    came over to meet everyone and hang out with us for a couple of hours. (us young studs had tongues hanging out over his hot blond wife!)
    Good guy, and 52 yrs. later the memory lingers…

  3. In Tim Layden’s new book, Blood Sweat & Chalk, there’s a nice description of how important Kramer’s blocking was to the success of the Packers’ Power Sweep in the 60’s.

  4. Ron Kramer was a huge physical player. People will remember what a great basketball player is was also.
    Who can forget the way Vince Lombardi pulled his starters one by one during the final drive of that 1961 championship game and the huge cheer for Ron Kramer from the Lambeau crowd when his turn came.
    I have never seen a classier way or a more stylish way to end an NFL championship game.
    Anyone who has never seen it should get a copy.
    The University of Michigan retired his number(87). Green Bay Packers fans will never forget their number 88. He is an honored member of The Packers Hall of Fame.
    Sad to hear of his passing, but the great memories he gave us live on. He was truly a phenomenally gifted athlete.

  5. The kind of player who, even if you only saw him playing in grainy films decades after the fact, you were proud to have had him be a part of your organization’s history.

  6. Rest in Peace.
    Also Gregg, I’ve already hung, drawn and quartered Florio over this – ye are supposed to scribble something to “At PFT planet we send our condolences to Mr. Kramer’s family” or something. Or is it that you are a robot who doesn’t understand the subtleties of being, you know, human? Of course, f ye are a biological entity (anything between a mononucleid and an amoeba), then don’t worry, we forgive ye. 🙂

  7. As a life long Browns fan, I remember some of those old matchups. The rain, mud, snow, cold, and real, smash-mouth football. P. Brown vs V. Lombardi.
    Ron Kramer, as the entire Packers team, was a class act. Its a sad sign of the times to see these greats pass. It’ll never be quite the same.
    R.I.P., Mr. Kramer.

  8. Hey Bob, why do you post sentimental stuff on dead Packer articles but then post flames on Viking players who pass away?
    You’re a POS Bob.

  9. solid east side of the D young man, i hear, like my old man.
    rip ron.
    ps– does anyone know where ron when to grade school?

  10. RIP Ron Kramer….you were a great player for the Pack when they were actually a relevant team. The Packers pretty much became the Cubs after the 60’s……

  11. A classy guy and a true professional unlike the headcases running around the NFL today. My condolences to his family.

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