A Violent Femme’s View – Injustice
It’s been a little hard to get inspired lately. I mean, how many times can you write “this stupid lockout is driving me crazy and I’d like to knock Roger Goodell and De Smith’s heads together”? It’s been enough to do that on Twitter occasionally, I don’t feel the need to waste blog space.
Recently, though, I’ve been reminded again of an injustice that even frequent outbursts towards the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Twitter account just don’t quell.
Fact: It’s absolute bullshit that Jerry Kramer isn’t in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Side note: When I would show the picture below to anyone, taken in December 2007, I always said “The only thing that would have been better is if Jerry Kramer had been on the other side of me.” I meant it. Jerry and Fuzzy in a picture with me? Amazing.
As Alicia Kramer says (Twitter handle @JerryKramer4HOF), her Dad was nominated in “1974,’75,’76,’78,’79,’80,’81,’84,’87, and ’97. How many times can a person be a nominated?” I don’t know if that’s a record times to be nominated without making it in, but it’s a lot. Worse yet, it’s been how long since he’s been nominated?
It’s too many times over too many years for a player who by all accounts was a stellar guard, ahem, player – and a reason the Packers dominated much of the 60′s. The Ice Bowl alone does not a player make, but it certainly was a capstone to a great career (though he did play after that). Not only did Kramer play guard at a high level, but he was the placekicker for the Packers too for a time, and did pretty well at that as well.
So there’s his play. That’s one thing. And? The man has been a superb ambassador for football. When Instant Replay came out, it seemed to me that it redefined sports journalism because of its insight (insider view) and honesty. Sure, I assume that if I listened to the tapes made for the book (oh, how I wish I could listen to those tapes) that there was judicious editing so that readers didn’t get quite the whole feel of a NFL locker room, but enough got through that I picked up on the charm right away at age 7, when my Dad gave it to me; additionally my Dad didn’t have to worry I was going to learn a whole new (bad) vocabulary by reading it. Yes, a lot of what Jerry has written in his other books and spoken about has been Packers related. But his words and sentiments apply to many players and teams in the NFL and they show the type of good people that make up the heart of organizations that breed fan loyalty and love.
In addition, Kramer has been an advocate for some time now for retired players, those from another era, who find themselves suffering from health and financially related problems caused at least in part by the physical rigors and lack of financial reward or stability that was the old NFL. (Maybe it’s the new NFL too, for some players. But I digress.)
I know I’m prejudiced, because he’s from Idaho. I’m not the first person who has brought this up. And, yes, he was my father’s favorite Packer. (And mine, tied with Korey Hall.)
But in anyone’s book this omission from the halls of football royalty should be a travesty. I don’t think I exaggerate when I say he’s a national, Idaho and Green Bay Packer treasure. I would love to be able to see Jerry get to see himself enshrined in Canton during his lifetime.
As Kevin Greene said in the Super Bowl to CM3, “It is your time.” It’s time for Gerald Louis Kramer to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Please, Packer Nation, help Alicia to do whatever necessary to make it happen.