Jerry Kramer Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame
MINNEAPOLIS — All-American. All-Pro. World Champion. Hall of Famer.
University of Idaho and Green Bay Packer legend Jerry Kramer was elected into the Professional Football Hall of Fame Saturday, in Minneapolis. Kramer will be formally enshrined in the Hall of Fame Aug. 4, in Canton, Ohio. He is joined in the 2018 class by Robert Brazile, Bobby Beathard, Brian Dawkins, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens and Brian Urlacher.
Kramer played 11 seasons for the Packers from 1958 to 1968. He was a five-time All-Pro and helped pave the way to five NFL Championships, including wins in Super Bowls I and II. Kramer was named to the NFL’s 50th Anniversary Team and the All-Decade Team of the 1960s.
Before his professional career, Kramer was a standout for the Vandals at guard and kicker. He was Idaho’s first All-American when he gained honorable mention acclaim as a junior in 1956, and added first-team accolades in 1957. He also competed on the Vandals’ track and field team, leaving as the school record holder in the shot put. He was drafted by the Packers with the 39th overall pick in the 1958 NFL Draft.
Kramer’s number 64 football jersey was retired at U of I on Jan. 23, 1963, and he was a charter member of the Vandal Athletics Hall of Fame.
Long considered the best player not in the Hall of Fame, Kramer’s induction comes on his 11th appearance on the ballot. He was advanced to the final ballot as a Senior Committee Finalist and gained election by earning a vote from at least 80 percent of the 48-member Hall of Fame Selection Committee.
Kramer, originally from Sandpoint, Idaho, is the second Idaho native to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining Larry Wilson of Rigby. Wilson, a safety for the St. Louis Cardinals, was enshrined in 1978. Kramer is the first Vandal to earn the highest individual honor in football. He joins Dave Wilcox as the only members of the Hall of Fame to attend an Idaho college. Wilcox attended Boise Junior College before finishing his collegiate career at Oregon.