Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and Jayme Joers (As heard on Cheesehead Radio – 08/02/12 ). Special Guest was Alicia Kramer, daughter of Packers legend Jerry Kramer, who is leading a campaign to get her dad nominated for induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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Al: As we hit the air tonight, Packers training camp is in full swing and the first week is in the books. The biggest story has been the play of the re-invigorated secondary, with young players Devon House and Casey Hayward making big impressions on teammates and coaches alike. Both may have already passed Sam Shields on the depth chart, but it’s still early to conclude anything. Read more...(705 words + 3 images, estimated 2:49 mins reading time)
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. Read more...(884 words + 1 image, estimated 3:32 mins reading time)
Jerry Kramer Belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Jerry Kramer is the best football player on the planet not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. And it’s not just my opinion, although I’ve written about Jery Kramer and the Hall of Fame before. Far more qualified observers than I, such as opposing players and NFL Films president and football historian Steve Sabol, have named Kramer as the best player not in the Hall. From my post above:
Jerry Kramer is a 10-time Hall of Fame finalist and thus, the only player named 10 times or more that has not been inducted. Many former teammates and competitors have come out and accused the voting writers of being jealous of Kramer’s success as an author. Joe Horrigan, Hall of Fame Vice President has said that 25% of the mail that the Hall receives on a daily basis is about Jerry Kramer. Steve Sabol, legendary President of NFL Films, named Kramer as his choice for the best player not in the Hall of Fame. Clearly, it seems that almost everyone except the Hall of Fame voters recognize that Jerry Kramer belongs. It’s beyond ironic that Kramer has earned so much fame, yet can’t get acknowledged by the Hall of Fame. The Seniors committee needs to nominate Kramer every year until all of the Hall of Fame voters come to their senses and this wrong is righted.Read more...(467 words + 3 images, estimated 1:52 mins reading time)