- Jerry Kramer
Jerry Kramer No. 64 Guard, Kicker Personal information Date of birth: January 23, 1936
Jordan, Montana, U.S.
Career information College: Idaho NFL Draft: 1958 / Round: 4 / Pick: 39 Debuted in 1958 for the Green Bay Packers Last played in 1968 for the Green Bay Packers Career history Career highlights and awards
Gerald Louis "Jerry" Kramer (born January 23, 1936, in Jordan, Montana) is a former professional football player, author and sports commentator, best remembered for his 11-year NFL career with the Green Bay Packers as an offensive lineman. As a 6'3", 250 pound right guard, Kramer was an integral part of the famous "Packer Sweep", a signature play in which both guards rapidly pull out from their normal positions and lead block for the running back going around the end. 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 ten times since becoming eligible, has not been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was rated #1 in NFL Network's Top 10 list of players not in the Hall of Fame.
Born in eastern Montana, Jerry Kramer moved with his parents and five siblings from northern Utah to northern Idaho when he was in the fourth grade, settling in Sandpoint. After graduating from Sandpoint High School in 1954, he accepted a football scholarship to the University of Idaho to play for new coach Skip Stahley. In that era, Idaho was a member of the Pacific Coast Conference, the forerunner of the Pac-10.
Kramer was a standout player for the Vandals, along with teammate (and roommate) Wayne Walker of Boise, a future All-Pro linebacker with the Detroit Lions. Both played in the East-West Shrine Game and the College All-Star Game that summer, in which they defeated the defending NFL champion Lions. Kramer would have his uniform number 64 retired by the university.
Kramer was the 39th player selected in the 1958 NFL Draft, taken in the fourth round by the Green Bay Packers. Two Hall-of-Famers for the Packers were taken in this draft: fullback Jim Taylor of LSU in the second round (15th overall), and linebacker Ray Nitschke of Illinois in the third round (36th overall). Kramer played every game in his rookie season of 1958 but the Packers finished with the worst record (1-10-1) in the 12-team league. In January 1959, the Packers hired a new head coach, Vince Lombardi, the offensive coach of the New York Giants.
“Jerry Kramer did not know how good he was when he first joined the Green Bay Packers. You'd be surprised how much confidence a little success will bring.” Vince Lombardi
With Kramer playing right guard, the Packers won five NFL titles and the first two Super Bowls. Kramer also served as the team's place kicker in 1962, 1963, and part of 1968. As a kicker, he kicked 29 field goals, 90 extra points, for a total of 177 points. He also kicked 3 field goals and 1 extra point in the Packers 16-7 victory over the New York Giants in the 1962 NFL title game. In college at Idaho, he was also a kicker, with Wayne Walker as his long snapper.
During his career, Kramer was often injured. 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. In all, Kramer played in 129 regular season games; he also had 22 surgeries in 11 seasons, including a colostomy, which he described as "a horror movie that hasn't been made yet." Despite these setbacks, Kramer was selected as an All-Pro five times (1960, 1962, 1963, 1966, and 1967). He 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.
In his penultimate season of 1967, Kramer collaborated with Dick Schaap on his first book, the best-selling Instant Replay, a diary of the season which chronicled the life of a professional football player offensive lineman. The book climaxed with Kramer's lead block in front of Bart Starr to win the "Ice Bowl" championship game. Kramer and Schaap would write two more books together. Kramer played one more year, under new head coach Phil Bengtson in 1968. After that season, which saw the aging Packers fall to a losing record of 6-7-1, Kramer wrote a second book, Farewell to Football. After retiring, Kramer briefly worked as a color commentator on CBS National Football League telecasts.
In October 2005, he released Inside the Locker Room a CD set that includes Vince Lombardi’s final locker room address as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers, immediately after Super Bowl II. In September 2006, Kramer re-released his 1968 best seller, Instant Replay.
After retirement from the NFL, Kramer lived on a ranch near Parma in southwestern Idaho with his second wife, Edwina (Wink) and their three children, but now live in Boise. Kramer has 6 children and 4 grandchildren. His youngest sons, Matt and Jordan, also played college football at Idaho. Jordan, named in memory of Hall of Fame defensive tackle Henry Jordan, played two seasons in the NFL as a linebacker with the Tennessee Titans in 2003 and 2004.
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- ^ "NFL Legends: Jerry Kramer". Bleacher Report. CBS Sports. November 28, 2008. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/86920-nfl-legends-jerry-kramer. Retrieved December 2, 2010.
- ^ Spencer, Sheldon (April 14, 2010). "Fourth Round: Idaho's '58 specials- College teammates, roommates Kramer and Walker were fourth-round finds, NFL stars". NFL Draft 2010. ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft10/news/story?id=5070884. Retrieved June 1, 2011.
- ^ "Instant Replay by Jerry Kramer And Dick Schapp". Doubleday Books. Random Houae. http://www.randomhouse.com/doubleday/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780385517454. Retrieved December 2, 2010.
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- ^ a b Idaho Press-Tribune - Kramer remembers gridiron life - Football great enjoys exciting year, strives to make living better for others – 2011-04-02
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- Sports Illustrated - cover - 22-Jan-1968 - Vince Lombardi on shoulder following Super Bowl II
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- University of Idaho Vandal Athletics Hall of Fame
- Fox News.com - video - Jerry Kramer and Lynn Swann with Chris Wallace at Super Bowl XLV - 2011-02-06
50th Anniversary Senior Bowl All-Time Team
Offense: QB Joe Namath, Alabama, 1965 | RB Walter Payton, Jackson State, 1975 | RB Bo Jackson, Auburn, 1986 | RB Franco Harris, Penn State, 1972 | WR Lynn Swann, Southern Cal, 1974 | WR Steve Largent, Tulsa, 1976 | FL Art Monk Syracuse, 1980| TE Ozzie Newsome, Alabama, 1978Special Teams P Ray Guy, So. Miss 1972 | PK Morten Andersen, Michigan State, 1982 | KR Greg Pruitt, Oklahoma 1974
OL Gene Upshaw, Texas A&I, 1967 | OL Jerry Kramer, Idaho, 1958] | OL Randall McDaniel, Arizona State, 1988 | G Tom Banks, Auburn, 1970 | C Mike Webster, Wisconsin, 1973
Defense: DE Jack Youngblood, Florida, 1971 | DE Ed Jones, Tennessee State, 1974 | DT Bubba Smith, Michigan State, 1967 | DT Joe Greene, North Texas State, 1969 | OLB Ted Hendricks, Miami, 1969 | OLB Derrick Thomas, Alabama, 1989 | MLB Ray Nitschke, Illinois, 1958 | MLB Lee Roy Jordan, Alabama, 1963
CB Roger Wehrli, Missouri, 1969 | CB Dale Carter, Tennessee, 1992 | FS Paul Krause, Iowa, 1964 | SS Albert Lewis, Grambling, 1983
Senior Bowl Hall of Fame
1988Charter Class Joe Greene, Lee Roy Jordan, Steve Largent, Joe Namath, Walter Payton, Pat Sullivan, Jim Taylor, Travis Tidwell • 1989 Gene Upshaw, Ed Jones, Ozzie Newsome, John Stallworth, Jack Youngblood • 1990 Paul Brown, Tucker Frederickson, Jerry Kramer, Neil Lomax, Wellington Mara, Finley McRae, Jack Pardee, Rea Scheussler • 1991 Morten Andersen, James Brooks, Dave Butz, Weeb Ewbank, Doug Williams• 1992 Franco Harris, Mike Holovak, Sam Huff, Dan Marino, Don Shula, Pat Swilling • 1993 Cornelius Bennett, Paul "Bear" Bryant, Ralph "Shug" Jordan, Tom Landry, Lynn Swann, Marty Schottenheimer • 1994 Robert Brazile, Rickey Jackson, Mark Rypien, Jim Simpson • 1995 Bob Baumhower, Pat Dye, Bo Jackson, Gene Washington • 1996 James Lofton, Kellen Winslow, Dick Steinberg • 1997 Bob Hayes, Sterling Sharpe, Doak Walker • 1998 Ray Nitschke, Jim McMahon, Thurman Thomas • 1999 Tom Banks, Dale Carter, Paul Krause, Albert Lewis, Randall McDaniel, Art Monk, E.B. Peebles, Jr., Derrick Thomas, Roger Wehrli • 2000 Hanford Dixon, Brett Favre, Chuck Howley • 2001 William Andrews, Ron Jaworski, Eddie Robinson • 2002 Todd Christensen, Bert Jones, Steve McNair • 2003 Terry Beasley, Jeremiah Castille, Ted Hendricks • 2004 Derrick Brooks, Christian Okoye, Richard Todd • 2005 Larry Allen, Al Del Greco, Ray Perkins • 2006 Curtis Martin, Tony Nathan, Michael Strahan • 2007 E.J. Junior, Jake Plummer, Hines Ward • 2008 Kevin Mawae, Brian Urlacher, Dean Kleinschmidt • 2009 Shaun Alexander, Jason Taylor •2010 Larry Johnson, Terrell Owens
Green Bay Packers 1961 NFL Champions
Herb Adderley | Ben Agajanian | Tom Bettis | Lew Carpenter | Mike Bucchianeri | Dan Currie | Ben Davidson | Willie Davis | Boyd Dowler | Lee Folkins | Bill Forester | Forrest Gregg | Hank Gremminger | Dale Hackbart | Dave Hanner | Paul Hornung | Ken Iman | Henry Jordan | Gary Knafelc | Ron Kostelnik | Jerry Kramer | Ron Kramer | Norm Masters | Max McGee | Tom Moore | Ray Nitschke | Elijah Pitts | Bill Quinlan | Jim Ringo | John Roach | Bob Skoronski | Bart Starr | Johnny Symank | Jim Taylor | Fred Thurston | Nelson Toburen | Emlen Tunnell | Jesse Whittenton | Willie Wood
Head Coach Vince Lombardi
Assistant Coaches: Bill Austin | Phil Bengtson | Red Cochran | Norb Hecker | Dick Voris
Green Bay Packers 1962 NFL Champions
5 Paul Hornung | 10 John Roach | 15 Bart Starr | 22 Elijah Pitts | 24 Willie Wood | 25 Tom Moore | 26 Herb Adderley | 29 Howie Williams | 27 Johnny Symank | 31 Jim Taylor | 33 Lew Carpenter | 40 Earl Gros | 46 Hank Gremminger | 47 Jesse Whittenton | 51 Jim Ringo | 53 Ken Iman | 58 Dan Currie 60 Ed Blaine | 61 Nelson Toburen | 63 Fred Thurston | 64 Jerry Kramer | 66 Ray Nitschke | 71 Bill Forester | 73 Ron Gassert | 74 Henry Jordan | 75 Forrest Gregg | 76 Bob Skoronski | 77 Ron Kostelnik | 78 Norm Masters | 79 Dave Hanner | 80 Gary Barnes | 83 Bill Quinlan | 84 Gary Knafelc | 85 Max McGee | 86 Boyd Dowler | 87 Willie Davis | 88 Ron Kramer
Head Coach: Vince Lombardi
Coaches: Bill Austin | Phil Bengtson | Red Cochran | Tom Fears | Norb Hecker | Dick Voris
Green Bay Packers 1965 NFL Champions
5 Paul Hornung | 10 Dennis Claridge | 12 Zeke Bratkowski | 15 Bart Starr | 21 Bob Jeter | 22 Elijah Pitts | 24 Willie Wood | 25 Tom Moore | 26 Herb Adderley | 31 Jim Taylor (MVP) | 34 Don Chandler | 35 Allen Jacobs | 40 Tom Brown | 41 Junior Coffey | 43 Doug Hart | 46 Hank Gremminger | 50 Bill Curry | 56 Tommy Crutcher | 57 Ken Bowman | 60 Lee Roy Caffey | 63 Fred Thurston | 64 Jerry Kramer | 66 Ray Nitschke | 67 Dan Grimm | 70 Bud Marshall | 71 Lloyd Voss | 72 Steve Wright | 74 Henry Jordan | 75 Forrest Gregg | 76 Bob Skoronski | 77 Ron Kostelnik | 80 Bob Long | 81 Marv Fleming | 82 Lionel Aldridge | 84 Carroll Dale | 85 Max McGee | 86 Boyd Dowler | 87 Willie Davis | 88 Bill Anderson | 89 Dave Robinson |
Head Coach: Vince Lombardi
Coaches: Phil Bengtson | Red Cochran | Tom Fears | Dave Hanner | Norb Hecker | Ray Wietecha
Green Bay Packers Super Bowl I Champions
5 Paul Hornung | 12 Zeke Bratkowski | 15 Bart Starr (MVP) | 21 Bob Jeter | 22 Elijah Pitts | 24 Willie Wood | 26 Herb Adderley | 27 Red Mack | 31 Jim Taylor | 33 Jim Grabowski | 34 Don Chandler | 37 Phil Vandersea | 40 Tom Brown | 43 Doug Hart | 44 Donny Anderson | 45 Dave Hathcock | 50 Bill Curry | 56 Tommy Crutcher | 57 Ken Bowman | 60 Lee Roy Caffey | 63 Fred Thurston | 64 Jerry Kramer | 66 Ray Nitschke | 68 Gale Gillingham | 72 Steve Wright | 73 Jim Weatherwax | 74 Henry Jordan | 75 Forrest Gregg | 76 Bob Skoronski | 77 Ron Kostelnik | 78 Bob Brown | 80 Bob Long | 81 Marv Fleming | 82 Lionel Aldridge | 84 Carroll Dale | 85 Max McGee | 86 Boyd Dowler | 87 Willie Davis | 88 Bill Anderson | 89 Dave Robinson
Head Coach: Vince Lombardi
Coaches: Phil Bengtson | Jerry Burns | Red Cochran | Dave Hanner | Bob Schnelker | Ray Wietecha
Green Bay Packers Super Bowl II Champions
12 Zeke Bratkowski | 13 Don Horn | 15 Bart Starr (MVP) | 21 Bob Jeter | 23 Travis Williams | 24 Willie Wood | 26 Herb Adderley | 30 Chuck Mercein | 33 Jim Grabowski | 34 Don Chandler | 36 Ben Wilson | 40 Tom Brown | 43 Doug Hart | 44 Donny Anderson | 45 John Rowser | 50 Bob Hyland | 55 Jim Flanigan | 56 Tommy Crutcher | 57 Ken Bowman | 60 Lee Roy Caffey | 63 Fred Thurston | 64 Jerry Kramer | 66 Ray Nitschke | 68 Gale Gillingham | 72 Steve Wright | 73 Jim Weatherwax | 74 Henry Jordan | 75 Forrest Gregg | 76 Bob Skoronski | 77 Ron Kostelnik | 78 Bob Brown | 80 Bob Long | 81 Marv Fleming | 82 Lionel Aldridge | 83 Allen Brown | 84 Carroll Dale | 85 Max McGee | 86 Boyd Dowler | 87 Willie Davis | 88 Dick Capp | 89 Dave Robinson
Head Coach: Vince Lombardi
Coaches: Phil Bengtson | Jerry Burns | Wally Cruice | Dave Hanner | Tom McCormick | Bob Schnelker | Ray Wietecha
National Football League | NFL's 1960s All-Decade Team
Sonny Jurgensen | Bart Starr | Johnny Unitas | John David Crow | Paul Hornung | Leroy Kelly | Gale Sayers | Jim Brown | Jim Taylor | John Mackey | Del Shofner | Charley Taylor | Gary Collins | Boyd Dowler | Bob Brown | Forrest Gregg | Ralph Neely | Gene Hickerson | Jerry Kramer | Howard Mudd | Jim Ringo | Doug Atkins | Willie Davis | Deacon Jones | Alex Karras | Bob Lilly | Merlin Olsen | Dick Butkus | Larry Morris | Ray Nitschke | Tommy Nobis | Dave Robinson | Herb Adderley | Lem Barney | Bobby Boyd | Ed Meador | Larry Wilson | Willie Wood | Jim Bakken | Don Chandler
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