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Packers News: Dave Robinson nominated for HOF, Jerry Kramer not

Former Packers LB Dave Robinson

Former Packers LB Dave Robinson

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its two senior nominees for 2013 on Wednesday. The class of 2013 will not be elected until February, but Wednesday’s news elicited two very different reactions from fans of the Green Bay Packers.

The good news–linebacker Dave Robinson was named as a finalist for enshrinement.

Robinson was selected to three Pro Bowls, while playing on three Championship teams under Vince Lombardi. The former Penn State standout played ten seasons with the Packers from 1963 until 1972 before finishing his career with a two-year run with the Washington Redskins.

But the bad news–offensive guard Jerry Kramer was left off the list.

It’d be a mistake to let the disappointing news about Kramer overshadow Robinson’s big day, but it’s hard to overlook the travesty of Kramer being left out of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Kramer was the subject of a well-organized and persistent campaign by his daughter, Alicia. Although Kramer, a ten-time finalist for Canton, appreciated the support, he told his daugther that if he would not want to see another campaign if he were not chosen this year.

However, the fight for Kramer’s inclusion in Canton is not yet over. There may not be a formal movement for Kramer next year, but regardless, Packers fans can nominate him on their own by going to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Website. With the unrivaled support you can expect from Packers fans, Kramer is sure to be considered again next summer.


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Jerry Kramer, The Pro Football Hall Of Fame And The NFL Generation Gap

Former Packers Guard Jerry Kramer

Jerry Kramer leading the famous "Packers Sweep"

It’s one of the biggest travesties ever committed against a member of the Green Bay Packers.

For a player who was a foundational part of the “Packers Sweep,” a play that revolutionized the running game in the NFL, I can think of no greater offense given to him.  As a key player in the great Packers teams of the 1960s, not giving him his proper due is an insult to all those already in the Hall of Fame who have played against him.

I’m talking about the former Packer great and guard Jerry Kramer.  If you’re reading this, chances are you are a Packers fan and by default are already knowledgeable in Packers history.  You know how much Kramer has meant and still means to this franchise, the greatest in all of professional sports.

The fact that he is not included in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio is utterly insane.  In fact, I’d even argue it stains the reputation of the Selection Committee itself.

It’s clear where I (and countless other Packer fans) stand on the issue.  I’m not going to fire off a laundry list of reasons why Kramer should be in the hall of fame.  It’s the same list we recite every year.  We are always countered with the argument that there are “too many” of Lombardi’s players in already.  TOO MANY? There is no such thing as “too many” on teams as great as the 1960s Packers were.  I’d say the same for 1970s Steelers and 1980s 49ers too.

Instead, I think we need to explore the WHY of the whole argument.  Why isn’t a player, whose hall of fame credentials are crystal clear, constantly left out year after year?

Well first off, it’s of no fault of Kramer’s.   Any Packer fan who has had the pleasure of meeting him (which I unfortunately NOT had the honor of doing yet) say he’s first class to everyone.  Takes time to reminisce about the good ole days and share stories of what Lombardi really was like as a coach.  I look forward to hearing some of these stories someday soon.



Super Memories in Video: The Top Five Moments in Green Bay Packers Super Bowl History

It’s not exactly the hair of the dog that bit you, but maybe a jog down memory lane will help us cure our “Super Bowl expectations that feel short” hangover that we have all been experiencing since the Green Bay Packers’ season ended three weeks ago.

There have been a lot of memorable moments in the five Super Bowls the Packers have played in, so narrowing the list to five moments was a daunting task.  This is by no means a definitive list, so you may have something else in mind. That’s fine. This was meant to be a fun post, not necessarily one for totally serious debate.

Keep in mind I am 28, so Super Bowls XXXI and XLV will be fresh in my head.  I have seen highlights of the first two Super Bowls but never viewed them in their entirety.

That said, here’s my top five:

5. Max McGee’s performance in Super Bowl I

Paul Hornung went down and McGee came in. Problem is McGee was hungover.

Thinking he wasn’t going to play much, McGee skipped curfew the night before the game and went out drinking. Personally, I would not have between so stupid with Lombardi around but it is what it is I guess.

McGee ended up catching 140 yards and likely would have been Super Bowl MVP had Bart Starr not had his great performance.

4. Vince Lombardi’s final ride

It’s an image engrained in every Packer fan’s head.

Vince Lombardi being carried off on the shoulders of Jerry Kramer after winning Super Bowl II, Lombardi’s final games as a Packer. It’s one of the great images in the storied franchise’s history.

It also signified an end of an era in Green Bay. The Packers would not win another title for 29 years and would endure mainly futility for the next 25 years until Ron Wolf and Mike Holmgren came along.

3. 59 razor: Brett Favre to Andre Rison

Leading up to Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans, Favre caught a highlight reel of Joe Montana in Super Bowl XXIV. Montana at one point audibles to a play called “59 razor” and the 49ers scored.

On the second play of the drive in Super Bowl XXXI, Favre audibled to the same play and got the same result–Rison scored on a long pass play.



CheeseheadRadio News 1-5-12. Playoffs Bye Week Edition

Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and John Rehor (As heard on Cheesehead Radio – 12/21/11 ). Interview with Kevin Seifert of ESPN NFC North Blog at the 76 minute mark.

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Cheesehead Radio News 1-5-12

Al: The lead story of the week has to be Matt Flynn. No matter how much of a Matt Flynn fan you were, you never could have anticipated the game that Flynn had.  Flynn set two Packers all-time franchise records, passing for 480 yards and throwing an amazing six touchdown passes. For his effort, Flynn was named the Air NFL Player of the week, an honor won six times this year by Aaron Rodgers and three times by Drew Brees. Not bad company for a backup quarterback.

John: Not at all, and as you might expect, it unleashed a firestorm of speculation and pondering among fans as to what the Packers will do with Flynn, who is an unrestricted free agent after this season. Will or should the Packers get max value for Flynn by franchising him and then trading him? Would they risk losing Jermichael Finley or Scott Wells by doing that? Or do they let Flynn walk and take the compensatory draft pick for him, which would probably be a third-rounder at best? If you find yourself flummoxed, don’t worry, we’ll hash it all out right here a little bit later in the show.

Al: One thing that can’t be questioned is the definite power shift among the Packers’ NFC North rivals. The Lions are in the playoffs for the first time since 1999. The Vikings, only two years removed from a 12-4 record and one Brett Favre interception away from going to the Super Bowl, finished with an embarrassing 3-13 record. The Bears, last year’s NFC North Division champions, quickly showed their lack of depth and had their season tank upon losing their few offensive playmakers. As a result of poor performance and some bad personnel decisions and drafting, both the Vikings and the Bears have new GMs. In addition, Mike Martz, a poor fit in Chicago from day one, has also left the team.



Cheesehead Radio News 07-18-11 with Packers Legend Jerry Kramer

Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and Holly Phelps (As heard on Cheesehead Radio (7/18/11 ).

To listen to the show, click on the play button below. The Jerry Kramer interview begins around the eleven minute mark.

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Packer News 7/18/11

Al: This past week marked the return of Packers President Mark Murphy to the NFL negotiating table. It also has been full of optimistic news about the potential end to the lockout with the players to vote on Wednesday on a proposed settlement. It could be coincidence, or as CheeseheadTV’s Aaron Nagler suggests, Murphy’s presence might have made a difference.

Holly: Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio attempted this week to put together a list  of things the Packers need to do when football resumes. Unfortunately, the very first one was an epic fail. He listed Howard Green and C.J. Wilson as the candidates to replace Cullen Jenkins – completely ignoring the guy that will surely have the job, Mike Neal. Neal took it in stride on twitter and said he will use it as additional motivation.

Al: Jermichael Finley made an appearance last week along with Donald Driver at the fourth annual “Green and Gold training camp”, an event to promote active lifestyles for children. When interviewed by Brandon Storlie of the Wisconsin State Journal, Finley was his usual outspoken self, saying “We will be in Indianapolis”, a reference to the site of next year’s Super Bowl.  My question is, did he start the sentence with “I got one word:”

Holly: Well, FoxSportsWisconsin also caught up with the talkative Finley, who called the lockout a blessing in disguise for allowing his injury more time to heal. Finley also said that having to watch games from the sideline gave him a new understanding of the tight end position and helped him learn the defenses. Now, isn’t that what game tape is for?

Al: That’s the preferred way… With the return of Ryan Grant and the drafting of Alex Green, there has been a lot of discussion about the Packers’ suddenly crowded offensive backfield. Grant told Packer Report that if necessary, he would accept a backup role for the good of the team. That doesn’t mean it’s what anyone expects. Grant has been told he’s #1 on the depth chart to start and of course, he plans to stay there.



It’s Time to Right this Wrong – Jerry Kramer Belongs in the NFL Hall of Fame


Career Highlights:

Played 11 Seasons for the Green Bay Packers, 1958-1968

Played in 4 League Championship games and two Super Bowls

Earned 5 Championship rings.

5-Time All-Pro and 3 Pro Bowls


The Case for Jerry Kramer:

A fourth round draft pick in 1958, (selected after Jim Taylor and Ray Nitschke), Kramer earned a starting job immediately. As a rookie, the 6′ 3″, 250-lb Kramer quickly gained the reputation as a tenacious player that could hold his own against the best defensive tackles. In 1959, a fiery new coach came to town and soon recognized Kramer’s talent. Years later, Vince Lombardi would say of Kramer, “He didn’t know how good he was…”

Lombardi helped develop Jerry Kramer into an All-Pro NFL guard.  Kramer became the key blocker to the success of the famous Green Bay Packer sweep. Along with fellow guard Fuzzy Thurston, it was Kramer’s job to provide the inside “seal” Vince Lombardi famously talked about, keeping pursuing linebackers or defensive backs away from Jim Taylor and Paul Horning.

While Hall-of-Fame membership has eluded Jerry Kramer, fame itself has not. In the historic Ice Bowl game against the Dallas Cowboys, Kramer threw the most famous and recounted block in the history of the NFL, giving Bart Starr just enough room to score the winning TD. Kramer also appeared in one of the most famous Sports Illustrated covers ever, the classic photograph of Kramer carrying Vince Lombardi off the field after the Packers’ Super Bowl II victory.

Kramer was famous for his physical ailments, injuries and multiple operations. Kramer underwent 22 surgeries in 11 seasons, his many  scars earning him the nickname “Zipper”. Despite all of these obstacles, Kramer made it onto the field to play in 129 regular season games in his 11 years. As Bart Starr once said, “When Jerry wasn’t on his deathbed, he was making life miserable for defensive tackles.”

As if that wasn’t enough, Kramer also filled in as the Packers’ placekicker for two seasons. His three field goals helped the Packers win the 1962 championship game against the New York Giants, 16-7. He tallied 65 points in 1962 and was the team’s leading scorer the following season with 91 points.