Several months ago I had the distinct honor and privilege to spend time on the phone with the one and only Jerry Kramer – the Green Bay Packers right guard whose iconic voice raises the glory of the 1960s that he embodies to this day.
In the two hours I spent with Mr. Kramer on the phone, he told a unique story that wasn’t about himself. It was about the men with which he won championships, the family he cried and bled with. It’s an interview that describes being drafted by the Packers, coming under the influence of one Coach Vince Lombardi and why his influence affects him tho this day.
He talks about the toughest players he had the chance to play with; he talks about winning championships, his role in the 1967 NFL Championship, otherwise known as the Ice Bowl. He talks about how and why he was able to throw the block that paved the way for Bart Starr into the end zone and into the hearts and minds of so many across the nation.
He is brutally honest and truthful in his recollections.
But the one thing he didn’t want to talk about on that day was his absence from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. One of the conditions in getting approval to do the interview with Mr. Kramer was not mentioning his slight – and something to which I didn’t have problem in meeting.
Take a listen to the interview and remember that as we head through Packers Dynasty Week, this is one man who should never be forgotten.