Jerry Kramer: He wore #64 best for the Green Bay Packers
It’s somewhat ironic that there are 64 days to the start of the 2016 season and that it’s also Jerry Kramer for the Hall of Fame Day here at several other Packers sites across the internet.
As fans of the NFL, not just fans of the Green Bay Packers, we are appalled that Jerry Kramer has been left without a bust in the Hall of Fame. He was one of the greatest guards of the first 50 years in the game – one that helped lead the Vince Lombardi team of the 1960s to several championships.
So, with that said, we continue our numbers countdown series here by focusing on #64, the number worn by Kramer and the number of days until the Green Bay Packers travel to Jacksonville to take on the upstart Jaguars in the first game of the 2016 season.
Yesterday, we took a look at Ron Hallstrom and Mark Tauscher, two of the best offensive linemen to have worn #65 for the Green Bay Packers.
FOR AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT EVERY NUMBER AND THE PLAYERS WHO WORE THEM, WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND “PACKERS BY THE NUMBERS: JERSEY NUMBERS AND THE PLAYERS WHO WORE THEM,”BY JOHN MAXYMUK
Today, like it was with #66 a couple of days ago, is a milestone day.
We all know who the best player, the most underrated player, and the most deserving player to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame is …
But consider this: Unlike #66 where only six players total have worn that number in the past 64 years, #64 has been worn by 19 Packers players since 1950, including Kramer.
None of them have deserved to wear that number more than Kramer.
Consider guys like Paul Fenaroli, Alcender Jackson, James Lee, Cecil Newton, and Vince Villanucci … no, I didn’t remember them either.
But there was Bruce Wilkerson, who came to the Packers in their mid-1990s Super Bowl runs and played well and most recently there was Greg Van Roten who wore the number.
But it’s been Kramer who wore the number the best and the longest, from 1958-68.