Jerry Kramer Not Worried By Hall Of Fame Snub

On the day the newest class in the Pro Football Hall of Fame is announced, former Packers Jerry Kramer told Cheesehead TV he's not concerned he's not in.

GRAPEVINE, Tex. – Following this morning's annual Super Bowl Breakfast, in which he was a guest of honor on hand to speak about the Ice Bowl, former Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Jerry Kramer said he's not worried that he's not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the day this year's class is announced.

"I wasn't even aware of it," said Kramer. "Really, wasn't even aware of it. And life has been awfully good, and professional football has been awfully good to me. I have no concerns, no worries, life is good. I'm happy, I'm healthy, I'm going some good things, I'm having a lot of fun. And that is probably the last thing I'll worry about."

Kramer, a member of the Super Bowl I and II winning teams on Coach Vince Lombardi's "Glory Years" squad, is considered by some to be the best player not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Check out our photos from the Super Bowl breakfast.

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Anita's picture

February 05, 2011 at 08:03 pm

Stupid question, but can Kramer still be voted in, or has the window closed (similar to baseball)? It's just a JOKE that he's not there.

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Mark's picture

February 05, 2011 at 10:43 pm

I don't think there's any time limit, they allow so many 'past' greats in per year.

Apparently part of the issue with Krammer is his books were viewed as inappropriate unvarnished views of the pro-football inner sanctum at a time when some powers that be were trying to build a marketing mythology. Something that would of course never happen today :)

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Cuphound's picture

February 06, 2011 at 01:02 am

Saddening to think they could hold a grudge for so long. <I>Instant Replay</I> is pretty damned inspiring. Hardly a gritty expose.

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Mark's picture

February 06, 2011 at 06:26 am

I think you have to consider the times. The 60s into the 70s were probably the most culturally and politically disorienting period the US has gone thru since the end of the second world war. Vince Lombardi was the first GM to draft a black as the first player taken in the NFL draft. The reaction of draft age youth and a good portion of society to the Vietnam War was unpresidented, and three major political figures were assasinated in this country in a five year span. Sports plays a major roll in the cultural fabric of America, and in the 70s the NFL was trying to become "America's Game". That's part of the mosiac against which you have to view Jerry's writing, which is still so solid and relevant even today in a much more open sports culture. Lots of noses were bent out of shape!

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Wuscokid's picture

February 06, 2011 at 02:25 am

Lombardi said that he was the best player he ever coached and that's not good enough? Considering Michael Irvin is in the Hall when he wasn't good enough to hold Sterling Sharpe's jock strap.

It's a crazy world we live in.

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Josh's picture

February 06, 2011 at 05:00 am

I don't think it's anything personal against Kramer. They haven't voted him in based on merit.

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Mark's picture

February 06, 2011 at 06:39 am

How do you judge O-linemen over time if not by the overall performance of their team. Krammer and Thurston were the levers that allowed the Packer Sweep to dominate pro-football for a decade. The word dynasty in professional sports is anchored by the run of the Packers in the 60s. There's a reason We're going to take the Lombardy trophy back to lambeau, not the Chuck Noll trophy. Jerry Krammer was a great football player! He belongs in the HOF.

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February 07, 2011 at 07:41 pm

Kramer should be in the HOF for sure, but, it was Forrest Gregg the Lombardi said was the best player he ever coached.

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JAY quitler's picture

February 08, 2011 at 11:35 am

all you can say is that JERRY KRAMER is pure CLASS

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Andrew's picture

February 09, 2011 at 04:19 pm

I just watched a video of the NY Giants vs Packers in Giant Stadium on a very cold 1960's (something) championship game. Jerry Kicked THREE field goals and the Packers won 16-7. Jerry Kramer was a fantasic blocker and lineman, he was a great field goal kicker as well. This man not only played 2 positions but he played them on the fabled decade that branded the packers forever as the best in all the land. To ignore this legend is criminal. JERRY KRAMER is The Green Bay Packers !!!

..oh and I have the book Distant Replay signed by Jerry and Dick Schaap(another sports legend in Broadcasting and reporting). It is a great read and if you want to know what really went on , read this book...there are some funny stories about that superbowl year.

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Brian Carriveau's picture

February 09, 2011 at 04:42 pm

I know there are many that feel Kramer should have been the MVP of that championship game.

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