#4 Gerald Louis “Jerry” Kramer
The leader of the famous “Packers Sweep,” Jerry Kramer is likely the best player not to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The 6-foot-3, 245-pound right guard was often injured throughout his 11-year career, playing in 129 games for the Packers. According to Jerry Kramer.com, he had 22 surgeries in his 11 seasons. Among these were surgery to remove sizable wood fragments embedded in his abdomen from a teenage accident, and a badly injured ankle suffered in 1961. Jerry also had a colostomy, which he described as “a horror movie that hasn’t been made yet.”
But for the most part, the tenacious Kramer played through the pain missing games in only two seasons.
Kramer was an All-Pro five times, and a member of the NFL’s 50th anniversary team in 1969, but surprisingly, even after appearing on the list of finalists 10 times since becoming eligible, has not been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was rated No. 1 in NFL Network’s Top 10 list of players not in the Hall of Fame.
With Kramer playing right guard, the Packers won five NFL titles and the first two Super Bowls. Kramer was selected as an All-Pro five times. He was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1975 and was elected to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993. He is a member of the NFL’s 50th Anniversary All-Time team, and the only member of that team not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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