Jerry Kramer: Why is he not in the Hall of Fame?

Today’s induction of the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame includes these players: Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Curley Culp, Jonathan Ogden, Bill Parcells, Dave Robinson, and Warren Sapp.

The words are gushing for all of these players, including former Green Bay Packers linebacker Robinson. They have all had remarkable careers; everyone believes these are players who, in the minds of most, deserve to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

But there are others, many others, who are not enshrined – and when you look at most lists of “those players who deserve to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” it’s former Packers guard Jerry Kramer who tops the list.

Why he does not yet have a bust in Canton is one of those mysteries – like the Bermuda Triangle, like the Loc Ness Monster, like bigfoot – that may never be answered.

That is unless the electors who vote players into the hall get off their dead asses and start thinking clearly.

You’ve got Warren Sapp going in to Hall today as a first ballot selection over the likes of Ken Anderson? Kenny Stabler? Alex Karras? Jerry Kramer?

As in the words of Kramer’s longtime coach, the great Vince Lombardi: “What the Hell is going on out here?”

We ask the same question and draw our attention to those who feel the same way – most notably Kramer’s daughter, Alicia, who has been spearheading the drive to get her father elected to the Hall.

Check out http://www.jerrykramer.com, the site where you can find everything you want to know about Jerry Kramer, as well as links to the selection process, writing a nomination letter, and much more.

Kramer spent 11 years in the league, playing in the trenches alongside right tackle Forrest Gregg, one of the many Packers from that era who are in the Hall. In addition to to his block in the Ice Bowl that is certainly the most famous in Packers history, if not the entire league, Kramer consistently led the Packers famed sweep that revolutionized the game.

And beyond the player, he is an intellect who opened up the life of a professional football player with his book, “Instant Replay.”

Kramer, who lives a quiet life in Idaho, recently sat down for a two-hour interview with Lombardiave, and talked about football, but mostly about life. We didn’t talk about the Hall of Fame because he didn’t want to. We obliged, but now that we don’t have Jerry on the phone, we want to tell the world about this injustice. We want the Hall of Fame to recognize this man for all he did for the game, both as a player and as a former player.

If there’s anyone who deserves to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, it’s Jerry Kramer.

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Below, you will find our two-part interview with Jerry Kramer …

 


 

 

Topics: Green Bay Packers, Hall Of Fame, Jerry Kramer

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