Jerry Kramer was not nominated as a senior candidate to the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Are you kidding me?
While the announcement broke this afternoon about the selection of Packers linebacker Dave Robinson’s selection as a senior finalist – which is absolutely incredible news – it was offset by the mind-numbing news that nowhere on the list was Jerry Kramer.
It’s not a shame – it’s an embarrassment for those who nominate. They are not thinking clearly … leaving Kramer off the list is nothing short of criminal.
While one cannot discount the two selected as senior finalists this year, Robinson and Curly Culp, the defensive tackle who wore down offenses as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Oilers and Detroit Lions.
Robinson, now 71 years old, was the Packers’ first-round pick in the 1963 NFL draft. The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder out of Penn State took immediately to his new position as a linebacker for Coach Vince Lombardi.
He took over as a starter for the Packers in 1965 and went on to play 127 regular-season games, interception 21 passes in 10 seasons.
Elected to the Packers Hall of Fame in 1982, Robinson didn’t finish his career with the Packers.
Packers coach and general manager Dan Devine traded Robinson to Washington in 1973 for a 1975 second-round draft pick. It was there that he finished his career, playing in 28 more games and intercepting six passes for the Redskins.
Kramer, despite a strong public push for his inclusion as a finalist, was snubbed once again. The aggressive campaign headed up by Kramer’s daughter Alicia, wasn’t enough to convince those who nominate to place Kramer on the list.
The Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013 will be announced on Super Bowl weekend in February 2013.
Robinson is the fourth Packers player to be chosen as a senior finalist for the Hall of Fame. Two others, running back Tony Canadeo in 1974 and defensive tackle Henry Jordan in 1995, were elected to the hall.