Author’s note: This first of a two-part interview was originally published in June 2013 and is brought back here to continue our appreciation of 80-year-old Jerry Kramer as so many push for his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
We feel you will enjoy it …
Jerry Kramer, immortalized as a member of the Green Bay Packers teams of the 1960s, was kind enough to spend a couple of hours recently with Lombardiave.com Editor Ray Rivard to talk football and life.
Kramer, who now lives in Boise, Idaho, in what he calls a comfortable apartment, spent many years on a ranch in the western state – loving every minute.
And he should …
He spent his professional football career in Green Bay, Wisconsin, a place he couldn’t quite find on a map when he was drafted by the Packers back in 1959.
All he knew was that it was “by a big lake.”
Much has transpired since those days prior to championships and legacies – not only for Kramer, but for all the coaches, equipment managers, trainers, and fellow teammates who were a part of the Green Bay Packers of the 1960s.
In this first of a two-part audio-video mini-series produced by lombardiave.com’s own P.J. Root, Kramer talks about being drafted by the Packers, some of the opponents he faced, who he thought was the toughest Packer and much more.
And of course, of Vince Lombardi’s, we can’t ignore the fact that Kramer was so affected by the man. And he tells us so.
So here you go … take a few minutes to listen to this man. He has a lot to say – important things to say … We’re sure you will enjoy it.
And if you want to respectfully write to those who who do the nominating and voting for Hall of Fame candidates, see the list below.
We’ve been told that the people to focus letters of recommendation for Jerry are Frank Cooney, Jeff Legwold, John McClain & John Czarnecki.
But here is the complete list:
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Attention; Senior Selection Committee
2121 George Halas Dr. NW
Canton, OH 44708
Frank Cooney He runs NFLDraftScout.com and The SportsXchange, one of the country’s leading providers of sports data and analysis.
4632 Windsong St
Sacramento, CA 95834
Dan Pompei has covered more than 500 National Football League games, including 26 Super Bowls. He was given the 2013 Dick McCann Award by the Pro Football Writers of America for long and distinguished reporting in the field of pro football.
Rick Gosselin has covered the NFL for 31 years, including the past 14 as NFL columnist for The Dallas Morning News.
Dallas Morning News
508 Young Street
Dallas, TX 75202
John McClain since 1976, has covered the Oilers, NFL and Texans for the Houston Chronicle. He has been a regular contributor to The Sports Xchange, The Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, the NFL Network, Comcast, Fox Sports 1 and Sirius Radio.
4747 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77027
Ron Borges A sportswriter for the Boston Herald. He has also written for the Boston Globe. Borges has been named Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year by the National Association of Sportswriters and Sports Broadcasters five times since 1999.
70 Fargo Street
Boston, MA 02210
Bernie Miklasz – American sportswriter and sports radio personality. He was the lead sports columnist at the St. Louis Post Dispatch from 1999 to 2015. He hosts the morning show on 101 ESPN in St. Louis. Miklasz is a native of Baltimore, MD, and moved to St. Louis in 1985 to cover professional football for the Post-Dispatch. He has also worked at the Baltimore News-American and the Dallas Morning News.
101 ESPN St Louis
11647 Olive Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63141
John Czarnecki whose first pro football interview was of Johnny Unitas in Buffalo’s War Memorial stadium for the Rochester Times-Union, has been the editorial consultant for Fox NFL Sunday since its inception 20 years ago. He previously worked at CBS Sports. The winner of four Sports Emmys for work on NFL studio shows, Czarnecki wrote the book “Football for Dummies” with Howie Long. Czar’s first full season covering the NFL was 1979 and he worked for such newspapers as the Herald-Examiner in Los Angeles and the The National Sports Daily. He has served nine times as a Super Bowl pool reporter and is a longtime selector for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and a member of its Seniors Committee.
4632 Windsong St
Sacramento, CA 95834
Full List of HOF Voters:
|Kent Somers, Arizona Republic
|Darryl Ledbetter, Atlanta Journal – Constitution
|Scott Garceau, WMAR-TV
|Vic Carucci, Buffalo News
|Darin Gantt, ProFootballTalk
|Dan Pompei, Bleacher Report*
|Geoff Hobson, Bengals.com
|Tony Grossi, ESPNCleveland.com/WKNR Radio
|Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News*
|Jeff Legwold, ESPN/ESPN.com
|Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press
|Pete Dougherty, Green Bay Press-Gazette
|John McClain, Houston Chronicle*
|Mike Chappell, RTV6 – ABC Affiliate Indianapolis
|Sam Kouvaris, WJXT-TV
|Randy Covitz, Kansas City Star
|Armando Salguero, Miami Herald
|Mark Craig, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune
|Ron Borges, Boston Herald*
|Jeff Duncan, Times-Picayune
|New York (Giants)
|Bob Glauber, Newsday
|New York (Jets)
|Gary Myers, New York Daily News
|Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
|Paul Domowitch, Philadelphia Daily News
|Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
|Bernie Miklasz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch*
|Nick Canepa, San Diego Union Tribune
|Mike Sando, ESPN.com
|Ira Kaufman, Tampa Tribune
|David Climer, The Tennessean
|David Elfin, DavidElfinonSports.com
|Mary Kay Cabot, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer
|Howard Balzer, The Sports Xchange
|Jarrett Bell, USA Today
|John Clayton, ESPN
|Jason Cole, BleacherReport.com
|John Czarnecki, FOXSports.com*
|Clark Judge, Talk of Fame Network and Yahoo Sports Radio
|Peter King, Sports Illustrated
|Ira Miller, The Sports Xchange*
|Sal Paolantonio, ESPN
|Vito Stellino, Florida Times Union
|Jim Trotter, ESPN
|Charean Williams, Ft. Worth Star Telegram
|Barry Wilner, Associated Press