Jerry Kramer: Another year waiting for the Hall of Fame
Colleen Brenton, Packers contributor
Jerry Kramer (64).Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel archives
GREEN BAY - It's that time again, when the Hall of Fame Senior Committee starts contemplating who will be in the running to finally go to Canton and be inducted as part of the following year's ceremony.
It's a time of year I regard with mixed emotions.
While I was delighted to see Dave Robinson be chosen as part of the potential class last fall, then inducted this year...as always, my heart was a little heavy at the conspicuous absence of his friend and teammate Jerry Kramer.
It's no secret that I think Jerry Kramer should have been in the Hall of Fame years ago.
He's been nominated more than any other player, yet has never been selected for enshrinement.
With Robinson now in his rightful place in Canton it becomes even more apparent to me and other football fans (not just Packers fans) that this situation needs to be remedied. I have hopes that those who actually wield some influence in the process are starting to see the light as well.
Kramer is beloved by Packers Nation, and rightfully so. He is recognized as having changed the world of sports journalism when he wrote 'Instant Replay' (collaborating with Dick Schaap) and helping to solidify the reputation of the Lombardi-era teams.
He's been chosen over and over again as one of the 'Top Players of the NFL' in all varieties of these lists, which seem to become more and more popular due to the discussion they generate.
Kramer is a fantastic ambassador for the Packers and for football.
Canton is a 'Hall of Fame', not a 'Hall of Greatness'. Few have done more to make the NFL famous than Jerry Kramer.
People like Joe Namath are in the Hall - great player, sure, but not a statistician's dream. He's in because he's 'Joe Namath', and he made his famous Super Bowl prediction.
Well, Jerry Kramer has the Ice Bowl. Both of those stories are the stuff NFL legends are made of, living on because of the larger than life figures that Namath and Kramer became.
If another year comes and goes and Kramer is again passed over....as Whitney Houston sang, it might not be right, but it's okay.
Because Packers Nation, and the Packers Hall of Fame have and appreciate the stories and legacy of Jerry Kramer.
We can only hope the Pro Football Hall of Fame realizes in 2014 they should be equally lucky.