Jerry Kramer finally gets his Hall of Fame ticket

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One of the most widely-recognized Hall of Fame wrongs finally has been made right.

Former Packers guard Jerry Kramer has earned enshrinement in the Hall of Fame, as a Seniors Committee candidate. It was his 11th time as a finalist for the honor.

In 1997, Kramer became a Seniors Committee finalist, but he didn’t get enough votes to gain admission. This time around, he did.

A member of the All-Decade Team of the 1960s and the Packers Hall of Fame, Kramer won five NFL championships (including two Super Bowls) in a career that spanned 1958 through 1968. He came to Green Bay via round four of the draft, one year before Vince Lombardi arrived as the head coach.

Kramer becomes the 32nd former Packer to gain a spot among the immortals. He joins Lombardi, running back Jim Taylor, lineman Forrest Gregg, quarterback Bart Starr, linebacker Ray Nitschke, cornerback Herb Adderly, defensive end Willie Davis, center Jim Ringo, halfback Paul Hornung, safety Willie Wood, defensive tackle Henry Jordan, and linebacker Dave Robinson from the great Packers teams of the 1960s.

39 responses to “Jerry Kramer finally gets his Hall of Fame ticket

  1. It’s about time & good for the HOF & Jerry. I am so glad he got in while still around to enjoy it. Always liked his NFL shows on the NFL Network & a great spokesman for all those Great GB teams – well deserved.

  2. SO glad this wasn’t posthumous!!!

    He’s very engaging and charismatic on all the NFL programming that has been run about the Lombardi Packers. I really look forward to his speech.

    Thank you voters for getting this right!!

  3. A great player and a hugely important historical figure, too. It’s difficult to overestimate the importance of “Instant Replay,” his chronicle of the 1967 season that he wrote with Dick Schaap, in terms of adding to the popularity and mystique of pro football at a crucial moment in its history. His play on the field was definitely good enough, and I know they are not supposed to consider outside factors, but his work as an ambassador of the game is just as important, if not more, than his career on the field.

  4. So glad he got in, should have made it in 1997. I remember when gene hickerson got elected in 2007, unfortunately at that time gene was suffering from alzheimers. So glad jerry got in when he can really enjoy his election.

  5. From the heavens Vince is hollering “Way to go Jerry!”

    Nice to see only two negative comments, not surprisingly both from Viking trolls.

  6. Most deserving of the entire class. Not that the others aren’t great but it’s about how completely wrong his exclusion from Canton has been up to this point.

  7. What a great day.
    Well deserved recognition indeed.
    And I’ll echo some of the previous responses, that I’m glad he is still alive to enjoy this esteemed honor.

  8. I was talking with an old friend of mine by phone yesterday after the Kramer announcement. Guy lives in Texas now and called to remind me that I wore #64 for 7 of eight years of organized football — because I idolized Jerry Kramer. As we were talking, he mentioned that, more than once, he’s heard a Cowboys’ fan, presumably in a joking manner, say that “Jerry Kramer was lined up offsides.”

    …anyway, I saw someone previously mention Gene Hickerson. I was thrilled to death when he got in because I had seriously given up on Kramer EVER getting in. Due solely in my opinion to the number of Lombardi era Packers already in the Hall. Now Kramer is finally in .. exactly where he belongs.

    Thank you to the Hall voters for finally pulling their head out.

  9. I was really worried that Kramer would get in like Stabler did —> posthumously. What a shame that would have been, and it was a damned shame for the Snake.

    It’s still a bummer that Kramer never got to enjoy the honor when Ray Nitschke and other NFL greats like Deacon Jones, Mike Webster, Y.A. Tittle, etc. and were around — but in this case, late is better than never.

    Vincent T. Lombardi once called #64 “the best guard in football” (who also played on the best team in football, on a team that was legend for running the power sweep — a play run to perfection over and over and over again). Five titles in the 1960’s. Amazing. Kramer was the one who blew out Jethro Pugh in the Ice Bowl, getting low, using leverage, technique, smarts. That was the difference between winning and losing the NFL Championship – which further led to the Packers destroying the Raiders in what came to be known as Super Bowl II (33-14).

    This honor was LONG overdue, and is a wrong that finally got righted — though it should have never taken this long in the first place.

  10. flviking says:
    February 3, 2018 at 6:31 pm
    He made one block in ice bowl
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    Still eating crow leftovers?

  11. Amazed at the negative comments on this topic from Viking fans on this post. No class at all. Like Dennis Green once said “they are who we thought they were.”

  12. stellarperformance says:
    February 4, 2018 at 11:17 am
    flviking says:
    February 3, 2018 at 6:31 pm
    He made one block in ice bowl
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    Still eating crow leftovers

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    Unlike packer fan, I have never predicted a win or never predicted preseason polls like you. No need for me to eat crow. Just pointed out that the only positive thing talked about Kramer outside Gb is that exciting replay (yawn) of a QB sneak over Kramer. I guess the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Who’s next in the packer organization will the pack fan be screaming about getting in HOF? That’s all that’s left seeing Aaron’s leaving and pack fan really becomes jealous of the Minnesota Vikings.

  13. “Amazed at the negative comments on this topic from Viking fans on this post. No class at all.”

    To be fair, it’s always the same group – and not all Viking fans. purpleguy, as always, shows class. The others are probably Viking fans, but on here they are nothing more than trolls. At this point it’s hard to tell if they purposely trying to be classless or if they don’t know any different.

    Anyway – big congrats to Jerry Kramer!

  14. charger383 says:
    February 3, 2018 at 10:45 pm
    I did a book report on Instant Replay in grade school

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    And without replay Kramer would never have been put in HOF. One block, replayed every year. If all that it takes to get into the HOF, then Odell is in for his one catch, replayed and Clowneys one tackle replayed. Kramer is not that special.

  15. What the quasi-viking fan is admitting is that the boy only watches high lights. If you know the game and its history, all you need watch is two Hall of Famers, Jim Taylor and Paul Hornung run into the endzone…at the front end of that score you’ll see 64 pulling to his left and opening a hole big enough to drive a truck to a World Championship through.

  16. marvin1958 says:
    February 4, 2018 at 5:34 pm
    What the quasi-viking fan is admitting is that the boy only watches high lights. If you know the game and its history, all you need watch is two Hall of Famers, Jim Taylor and Paul Hornung run into the endzone…at the front end of that score you’ll see 64 pulling to his left and opening a hole big enough to drive a truck to a World Championship through

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    Geez, what are you 100? Can you tell us stories about Charlie Mathys grandpa?

  17. The Ice Bowl had very little to do with his enshrinement. Maybe it was the cherry on top, I guess. Green Bay’s dominant play of the sixties was the outside of the Tackle “sweep”. It was lead by one or both pulling guards. They ran it a lot, everyone on defense knew it was coming, but very rarely stopped it. Kramer was the best at leading it, but Guard Fuzzy Thurston wasn’t to shabby at it either. Jerry was just bigger and faster. He was also one mean pass-blocker for Bart Starr. His HOF jacket is long over-due!

  18. And without replay Kramer would never have been put in HOF. One block, replayed every year. If all that it takes to get into the HOF, then Odell is in for his one catch, replayed and Clowneys one tackle replayed. Kramer is not that special.
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    Jerry Kramer – 6x All-Pro, 1960 All-Decade Team

    by comparison;

    Steve Hutchinson – 7x All-Pro, 2000s All-Decade Team

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