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(Idaho)...6'3'', 245...Fourth round pick (39th overall) by Packers in 1958 NFL Draft … Anchored offensive line of Lombardi-era Packers … Packers recorded winning records in all but his first and last season … Named All-NFL five times (1960, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1967) … Selected to three Pro Bowls … Rebounded from broken ankle (1961) and intestinal infections (1964) that caused him to miss action … Handled team’s placekicking duties in 1962-63 and briefly in final season … Totaled 177 career points on 90 extra points and 29 field goals converted … Kicked record-tying three field goals and one PAT in 1962 NFL Championship Game win vs. Giants … Named to NFL’s 50th Anniversary Team, NFL All-Decade Team of 1960s and Super Bowl Silver Anniversary Team … Integral leader in Packers’ dominance during 1960s capped by victories in Super Bowls I and II … Started at right guard in six NFL championship games, five of which were won by Green Bay … Remembered for key block that made way for Bart Starr’s game-winning touchdown in the famous “Ice Bowl” - 1967 NFL Championship Game … Born January 23, 1936 in Jordan, Montana.
Jerry Kramer overcame a series of childhood injuries to become an excellent football ball player at the University of Idaho. The guard was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round (39th player overall) of the 1958 NFL Draft. He starred for the Green Bay Packers from 1958 to 1968 playing most of his 11-season career under the direction of Hall of Fame Coach Vince Lombardi.
Upon his entry into the NFL, he soon was hailed as one of the best blockers in the game and earned his first All-NFL acclaim in 1960, the same year the Packers lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL championship game. That game ended up as Kramer’s only career postseason loss.
He continued his high level of play all while overcoming several debilitating injuries. In 1961, he missed several games due to a broken ankle that required a permanent pin to heal. Then, in 1964, he missed most of the season due to intestinal infections from wood splinters in his abdomen that required eight surgeries to rectify. In each instance, he returned to All-NFL form.
Kramer played 130 games as the Packers guard and served as the team’s placekicker for several seasons. His leadership and talents helped the franchise capture five NFL championships and victories in Super Bowls I and II.
At the time of his retirement in 1968, he held the NFL Championship Game record for most field goal attempts in a single game (five against the New York Giants in 1962) and the Packers’ team record for most PATs in a season (43 in 1963).
He earned All-NFL acclaim five times (1960, 1962-63, 1966-67) and was voted to three Pro Bowls. Kramer was also named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1960s, the NFL’s 50th Anniversary Team in 1969 and the Super Bowl Silver Anniversary Team.
Additional Career Statistics: Kickoff Returns: 2-0
1960 NFL – Philadelphia Eagles 17, Green Bay Packers 13
Kramer started at right guard.
1961 NFL – Green Bay Packers 37, New York Giants 0
Kramer did not play due to injury.
1962 NFL – Green Bay Packers 16, New York Giants 7
Kramer started at right guard. He also converted three of five field goal attempts (26, 29, 30) and kicked PAT.
1965 NFL – Green Bay Packers 23, Cleveland Browns 12
1966 NFL – Green Bay Packers 34, Dallas Cowboys 27
1967 NFL – Green Bay Packers 21, Dallas Cowboys 17
Super Bowl I – Green Bay Packers 35, Kansas City Chiefs 10
Super Bowl II – Green Bay Packers 33, Oakland Raiders 14
Kramer started at right guard.
All-NFL: 1960 (AP) · 1962 (AP, UPI, NEA) · 1963 (AP, UPI, NEA, NY) · 1966 (AP, UPI, PFWA, NY) · 1967 (AP, UPI, NY)
All-NFL Second Team: 1960 (UPI, NY) · 1961 (NY) · 1967 (NEA) · 1968 (AP)
All-Western Conference: 1963 (SN) · 1966 (SN) · 1967 (SN)
(3) – 1963, 1964, 1968
In the NFL Record Book (at time of his retirement following the 1968 season)
Championship Game Records
Packers records held by Kramer
(Records through the 1968 season, Kramer’s final season with Green Bay)
Awards and Honors
Year-by-Year Team Records
1958 Green Bay Packers........... 1-10-1 (6th)
1959 Green Bay Packers............. 7-5-0 (3rd)
1960 Green Bay Packers............ 8-4-0 (1st)
1961 Green Bay Packers........... 11-3-0 (1st)
1962 Green Bay Packers........... 13-1-0 (1st)
1963 Green Bay Packers........... 11-2-1 (2nd)
1964 Green Bay Packers............. 8-5-1 (2nd)
1965 Green Bay Packers........... 10-3-1 (1st)
1966 Green Bay Packers........... 12-2-0 (1st)
1967 Green Bay Packers............ 9-4-1 (1st)
1968 Green Bay Packers............. 6-7-1 (3rd)
(Division Finish in Parentheses)
Qualified for Postseason in Bold
Full Name: Gerald Louis Kramer
Birthdate: January 23, 1936
Birthplace: Jordan, Montana
High School: Sandpoint (ID)
Pro Career: 11 seasons, 130 games
Drafted: 4th round (39th player overall) in 1958 by Green Bay Packers
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