Kramer played for Green Bay from 1958-68 and won five NFL championships and a pair of Super Bowls with the Packers. He was drafted in the 1958 NFL Draft in the fourth round (No. 39 overall) by the team and spent his entire career in Green Bay.
He was a first-team All-Pro selection five times in his career and was voted to the Pro Bowl three times.
“On behalf of the entire Green Bay Packers organization, I want to congratulate Jerry on this well-deserved honor,” said Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy. “I’m so happy for Jerry. His patience has been rewarded, as he will finally be going into the Hall of Fame after being a finalist 11 times. He was a key part of the offenses on the great Lombardi teams, as well as an outstanding leader. He’s remained actively involved with the Packers over the years and is beloved by our fans.”
Kramer is the 25th member of the Green Bay Packers organization to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Former Tennessee Oilers linebacker Robert Brazile was also announced as a senior finalist Thursday afternoon.
Kramer has long been considered by fans one of the biggest omissions to the Hall, considering his contributions to championship during the Vince Lombardi era. He was inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.
“It’s a wonderful thing to have happen to you,” Kramer said in Milwaukee in 2015. “Again, I grew up in a little town in northern Idaho and I thought someday if I got really, really lucky I’d be able to drive a logging truck…The whole professional football ride has just been a fantasy land for me.”
Kramer was named All-Pro six times during his career, also being named to three Pro Bowls.
Kramer was the only member of the 1969 50th anniversary team to not be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. To be inducted for the class of 2018, Kramer would need to receive at least 80 percent of the votes from the 46-person committee. The inductees will be announced on NBC for a television event tentatively scheduled for Feb. 3, 2018.
By Sean ‘Snuff’ Smith Fri. Feb. 5, 2016 10:29 a.m. CT
MADISON, Wisconsin | Two of the most storied players in the Packers long history are waiting to meet YOU! I’ve met both. Jerry Kramer let me try on his Super Bowl Ring. Unfortunately, I played hoops with Donald Driver at a fundraiser at Watertown High School. It didn’t take long for me to figure out I was in WAY over my head! Rich Reynolds and I had a chance to chat with Brian representing the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame:
Monday morning Bill Michaels will join Kidd Snuff & the Benchwarmers at 7:40 to follow-up on Super Bowl 50!
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