This begins a series of walks down memory lane revisiting the careers of Packers of yesteryear, while taking a look at what these heroes of the gridiron are doing today.
When you think of the Green Bay Packers of the historic “Glory Days” you think of course of Vince Lombardi, Bart Starr, but right there with them is legendary right guard Jerry Kramer. Famous for his well-chronicled block of Dallas Cowboy left defensive tackle Jethro Pugh in the 1967 Ice Bowl which allowed quarterback Bart Starr to sneak into the end zone to put the Packers ahead 20-17. Following an extra point by Don Chandler time soon expired and the Packers went on to Super Bowl II to play the Oakland Raiders.
Kramer is regarded as one of the best offensive lineman of the 1960s era NFL. Number 64 is a five-time All-Pro and he is a member of the 1969 Fiftieth Anniversary Team. Despite the accolades and championship rings Kramer is a 10-time finalist for the Hall of Fame, but has yet to be elected to Canton. He is, however, a member of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.
In addition to his on the field fame Kramer is also well known for his work off the field. In 1967 Kramer partnered with Dick Schaap to pen the book Instant Replay – an essential read for Packer and fans of the NFL in general. Kramer chronicles his life as a Green Bay Packer during the 1967 season in between and outside the lines. This is an especially memorable point in history, for as it turned out this was Vince Lombardi’s last season as head coach of the Green Bay Packers. His depiction of Lombardi is very intriguing, most definitely a love/hate relationship founded on deep respect.
Following the 1968 season Kramer retired from the Green Bay Packers and the NFL. After football life he went on to write two more books, Farewell to Football, and Distant Replay. In 2006 Kramer re-released Instant Replay. Kramer also founded a charity called Gridiron Greats; this provides medical assistance for former NFL players in need.
He now resides in Eagle, Idaho, just outside of Boise with his second wife, Wink. Kramer has six children and four grandchildren. His son, Jordan, played linebacker in Idaho and then following in his dad’s footstep he played linebacker in the NFL for the Tennessee Titans and then the Atlanta Falcons.
Follow Jerry Kramer on Twitter @JerryKramer64GB and connect with him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jerrykramer64. If you happen to connect with Jerry Kramer via social media, wish him a happy belated birthday, it was Wednesday, Jan. 23