Think this pretty much sums up the wide range of feelings I have about Jerry Kramer not nominated as a Hall of Fame senior nominee today. And I bet that I am not alone in feeling the same, and there are probably other emotions I left out that others are feeling about the news as well.
I just do not understand why he is not in the Hall of Fame. He is a 5 time world champion. That alone should merit some consideration, right? A 5 time All Pro, meaning for 5 years, he was considered the best in the game that particular season at his position. Three Pro Bowls added to his resume surely don't hurt his case either. Does this sound like someone who shouldn't at least be considered for the Hall Of Fame?
The reason that upsets me the most over this most recent oversight by the Hall of Fame Senior Committee is his being included on the NFL 50th Anniversary all time team. I simply cannot put my arms around why having Jerry Kramer, the only guard selected for this honor, is the only member of this team who is NOT in the Hall of Fame. Please, can someone explain this to me?
My favorite excuse to hear as to why Kramer is not already in the Hall of Fame is because there are supposedly "too many Lombardi Packers" in the Hall of Fame. This is by far the most pathetic rationale I have ever heard in my life. Since when did being an all time great suddenly become a numbers game? Since when did being a repeat champion suddenly become something that could actually prevent a player from achieving the greatest honor the sport could bestow on them? The Pro Football Hall of Fame should be embarrassed right now.
I hope I'm not the only Packer fan who feels this way. All of us should feel slighted right now, as one of our own was let down yet again by some committee. It's a disgrace.
Starting tomorrow, I intend on writing to the following members of the Senior Committee, telling them exactly how I feel about this matter. I hope others do the same and let them know how much this means not only to Jerry Kramer and his family, but to all of Packernation.
Thanks to Jersey Al for this info:
- Dan Pompei, Chicago Tribune firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News email@example.com
- John McClain, Houston Chronicle firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ron Borges, Boston Herald email@example.com
- Bernie Miklasz, firstname.lastname@example.org
- John Czarnecki, FOXSports.com, email@example.com
- Dave Goldberg, AOL Sports/Fanhouse, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ira Miller, The Sports Xchange, email@example.com
- Len Shapiro, Miami Herald, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jerry Kramer: your Hall of Fame bid may have been cut short again today, but you will always be a Hall of Famer here in Packernation.
Update 8/22/12: Jerry was once again passed over for nomination by the Senior Committee today, selecting former teammate Dave Robinson and former Houston Oiler Curley Culp as the Senior Nominees. Disappointment is an understatement. But I will not stop supporting the campaign to get Jerry Kramer into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I will continue to write to the committee members listed above, and would suggest you do the same.
Here is the entire list of Hall of Fame voters.
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