Jerry Kramer to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

GREEN BAY, Wis. - After years of waiting, the news Packers fans had longed to hear finally came on Saturday. Jerry Kramer will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Kramer, best known for the block that led the way for Bart Starr in the Ice Bowl, spent eleven seasons in Green Bay. During the Vince Lombari Era, Kramer helped win five NFL championships and a pair of Super Bowls.

A member of the All-Decade team from the 1960s, and Super Bowl Silver Anniversary team, Kramer had been a finalist for the Hall of Fame ten times. Each time he was passed over. This past September Kramer found out he would be one of the senior finalists, perhaps the final chance for him to get in.

Then on Saturday, after years of waiting, Kramer got the news he's heading to Canton.

“On behalf of the entire Green Bay Packers organization, I want to congratulate Jerry on this well-deserved honor,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. “I’m so happy for Jerry. His patience has been rewarded, as he will finally be going into the Hall of Fame after being a finalist 11 times. He was a key part of the offenses on the great Lombardi teams, as well as an outstanding leader. He’s remained actively involved with the Packers over the years and is beloved by our fans," said Packers preseident and CEO Mark Murphy.

Kramer will be the 25th former member of the Green Bay Packers to be inducted, and the 13th from the Lombardi Era alone. On Saturday evening some of Kramer's former teammates who have went into the hall ahead of him were quick to off their congratulations.

"I couldn't be happier for him. If anybody ever deserved it, it is him. He is well deserving. He was a great teammate and a great leader. Our favorite play was the power sweep, and he led that play so well," said former Packers running back Paul Hornung.

“Jerry had that Lombardi-like feeling: you never quit. No task was too big. No matter who he was playing against or how big he was, Jerry knew that if he did what he had to do, the way he was supposed to do it, he would win. When the going got tough, you knew that Jerry would give his all. He’s well deserving of this honor. We’ve got a spot that’s been waiting a long time for him in the Hall of Fame. I wish I could be the first man to congratulate him," said former Packers linebacker Dave Robinson.


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