How in the world can a committee of "so we would think are..." professionals could put out the cake with no frosting. I grew up watching the Green Bay Packers winning year after year, creating the Vince Lombardi dynasty. This was the greatest assembly of players and coaches on one team in NFL history. While I see a few players that were given a bit more credit than the Hall of Fame should have given, there is one glaring example of the most ignorant excuse for NOT being honored to one particular Packer player.
That player served as an intricate part of some of the most important game saving plays, in which his play determined the outcome of arguably the most memorable game in history, the Ice Bowl, against the Cowboys of Dallas. Jerry Kramer (64) paved the road to victory, blocking his way into the end zone for Bart Starr's most memorable quarterback sneak, as time ran down to the final seconds of the game.
Not only did Jerry Kramer involve himself in that great play, but he was actively dominating at his position more than 95% of the plays he took part in. It was well known back in the 1960's that Merlin Olsen or____________ were the most explosive defensive play destroying pass rushers in the NFL, and Kramer held his own against both of these premier pro-bowlers. Kramer himself took part in 6 pro-bowls during his 11 year career as a Green Bay guard, paving the way for Paul Horning & Jim Taylor to "Run to Daylight". And "Run to Daylight" was the award winning best seller Jerry wrote after retiring as a professional NFL player, along with a second book. Kramer was a solid staple to the team and community. A God fearing talent that does not "come around" every draft day, every year, or 5 or 10 years. Players with the makeup Kramer was and is only come around every ten years or more.
As a former player, who dabbled in coaching, and a true die-hard Packer fan myself, I find it deplorable not to have Gerald Louis Kramer not only never being inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame, but also not to be one of the first players in from the "60's Lombardi Dynasty" teams. At 59 years old, I can say I was just old enough to understand my dad's teachings of offensive linemen and their value to the team in what and how they perform, enough to be a good judge. I believe I had never missed a Packer game, in person or televised from between 1962 through 2004, when the moving truck was 32 hours late, forcing the move on a nice cool September day, when the radio had to do, while driving and packing our way through the move. Dad was the 1st coach to teach on how good blocking forms plays to develop into successful gains. To the day, the 1st thing I pay attention to are the snap and line-play movements, dictating who controls that movement. Seeing defenses run off of, run around, or run over blockers goes to show a dominant force seldom attributed to Kramers performances. In fact Kramer was known throughout the league as a player seldom giving up assignments to the defenses. It's time you act on this mishap, and give Jerry Kramer the justice of recognition he deserved in being enshrined in The NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame.
I have heard lame-brained excuses on why he has not made it, yet. The most common around the league was that so many Packers from that era were already in the Hall of Fame, and adding another is too many. Why wasn't Kramer given priority over players he achieved more than? I expect an answer. First off, how many linemen on packers teams had more or less pro-bowl nominations, and/or were the least penalized? How many missed assignments did Kramer have on a typical game? I'll give you a hint: Kramer was the most consistent on the team,very seldom losing the battles on the line of scrimmage, more so than any other team player, and should have gone to the Hall of Fame before any other, except perhaps Jim Ringo, who also upheld the finest standards a team could ask for.
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