“My whole life has been one of seeking experience.”
Jerry Kramer was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this month. Kramer played football at the University of Idaho and was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of the 1958 NFL Draft. Kramer played his entire NFL career (1958-1968) with the Packers. He was an All Pro on five occasions and named to the NFL All Decade team in the 1960’s.
Jerry Kramer was the Green Bay Packers right guard in an era when the Packers were all about one thing: WINNING! Kramer played on five NFL Championship teams in seven years. Those Packer teams also won the first two Super Bowls. Vince Lombardi became the Packers Head Coach in Kramer’s second year and the first thing that Lombardi changed were the players attitudes.
The Packers became one of the greatest teams in NFL History with their Championship run and Jerry Kramer was one of several outstanding players on those teams. Kramer and the Packers were known for their “power sweep” and Jerry was one of the “pulling guards.” Their motto was, “Run To Daylight.” Jerry Kramer “threw” one of the most important and well publicized “blocks” in NFL History when he paved the way for Bart Starr to score the winning touchdown on a “quarterback sneak” in the “Ice Bowl.” (1967 NFL Championship Game).
Kramer, who also was a place kicker for the Packers, wrote several books. First and foremost was, “Instant Replay.” It was really special to watch those Packer teams in the 1960’s. I had so much respect for them because of their incredible determination which was a big reason for their success. Winning Championships is a lot more than having talented players. Jerry Kramer is a great man who overcame many injuries; some were football related; others were not. He has finally gotten something he has longed deserved: enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.