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Encyclopedia > Jerry Kramer

Gerald Louis Kramer (b. January 23, 1936 at Jordan, Montana) is a former professional American football player (and author), best remembered for his 11-year NFL career with the Green Bay Packers as an offensive lineman. As a 6'3", 250 lb. right guard, #64 was an integral part of the famous "Packer Sweep", which featured both guards pulling out from their normal positions and lead-blocking for the running back going around the end. Kramer was an All-Pro five times, and a member of the NFL's 50th anniversary team in 1969, but surprisingly, even after appearing on the list of finalists ten times since becoming eligible, has not been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame in 1975. January 23 is the 23rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Jordan is a town located in Garfield County, Montana. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Locations of teams in the NFL States with AFC team (red), NFC team (blue) The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner 111,967 stockholders Chairman Bob Harlan General manager Ted Thompson Fight song Go! You Packers! Go! League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919-1920) National Football League (1921–present) Western Division (1933-1949) National Conference (1950... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is technically the National Football Leagues Hall of Fame. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ...

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Early Years

Jerry Kramer's family moved from northern Utah to northern Idaho when he was in the fourth grade, settling in Sandpoint. After graduating from Sandpoint High School in 1954, he accepted a football scholarship to the University of Idaho. In that era, Idaho was a member of the Pacific Coast Conference, the forerunner of the Pac-10. Kramer was a standout player for the Vandals, along with teammate (and roommate) Wayne Walker of Boise, a future All-Pro linebacker with the Detroit Lions. Both were drafted in the fourth round of the 1958 NFL draft. Being the first two players drafted from Idaho, they would both have their numbers retired later by the university. Both also played in the East-West Shrine Game and the College All-Star Game that summer, in which they defeated the defending NFL champion Detroit Lions. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Sandpoint is a city located in Bonner County, Idaho. ... Sandpoint High School is a high school in Sandpoint, Idaho, United States. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The University of Idaho is the states land-grant and primary research university, located in Moscow. ... The Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) was a college athletic conference in the United States, now defunct. ... The Pacific Ten Conference (Pac-10) is a college athletic conference which operates in the western United States. ... Wayne Walker (b. ... Nickname: City of Trees Motto: Energy Peril Success Location of Boise in the State of Idaho Coordinates: Country United States State Idaho County Ada Founded 1863 Incorporated 1864 Mayor David H. Bieter (NP) Area    - City 165. ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The East-West Shrine Game is an annual post-season college football all-star game played each January since 1926. ... The College All-Star Game was a preseason American football game played annually (except in 1974) from 1934 to 1976 between the National Football League champions and a team of star college seniors from the previous year. ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ...


NFL career

Kramer was the 39th player selected in the 1958 NFL draft, taken in the fourth round by the Green Bay Packers. The first four rounds of the draft were held on December 2, 1957. Two Packer Hall-of-Famers were taken in this draft: fullback Jim Taylor of LSU, in the second round (15th overall), and linebacker Ray Nitschke of Illinois in the third round (36th overall). Kramer played every game in his rookie season of 1958, but the Packers finished with the worst record (1-10-1) in the 12-team league. In January 1959, the Packers hired a new head coach, Vince Lombardi, the offensive coordinator of the New York Giants. Lombardi's playing position in college was the same as Kramer's, never an easy situation for any player, but especially challenging when the coach was as disciplined and demanding of perfection as Lombardi. City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner 111,967 stockholders Chairman Bob Harlan General manager Ted Thompson Fight song Go! You Packers! Go! League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919-1920) National Football League (1921–present) Western Division (1933-1949) National Conference (1950... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is technically the National Football Leagues Hall of Fame. ... This article is about the American football player; Jim Taylor is also the name of a writer and the name of a film maker. ... Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, or simply Louisiana State University or LSU is a public university located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the main campus of the Louisiana State University System. ... Raymond Ernest Nitschke (December 29, 1936 - March 8, 1998) was a professional football player who played middle linebacker for the Green Bay Packers of the NFL. He played fifteen seasons, from 1958 to 1972 and was named the greatest linebacker in NFL history in 1969, over such others as Dick... The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, also known as UIUC and the U of I (the officially preferred abbreviation), is the flagship campus in the University of Illinois system. ... The 1958 NFL season was the 39th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1959 NFL season was the 40th regular season of the National Football League. ... Vincent Thomas Lombardi (June 11, 1913 – September 3, 1970) was one of the most successful coaches in the history of American football. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, The Jints, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner The Mara and Tisch Families General manager Ernie Accorsi League/Conference affiliations National Football League...


With Kramer playing solidly at right guard, the Packers would win five NFL titles and the first two Super Bowls. Kramer also served as the team's place kicker in 1962, 1963, and part of 1968. As a kicker, he kicked 29 field goals, 90 extra points, for a total of 177 points. He also kicked 3 field goals and 1 extra point in the Packers 16-7 victory over the New York Giants in the 1962 NFL title game. In college, he was also a kicker, with Wayne Walker as long snapper. Walker was also a placekicker for the Detroit Lions midway through his career. In American football, the guards are the two players that line up between the center and the tackles on the offensive line of a football team. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... Placekicker is the title of the player on an American football team who is responsible for the kicking duties of points after touchdowns (PATs), field goals, and, in many cases, kickoffs. ... The 1962 NFL season was the 43th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1963 NFL season was the 44th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1968 NFL season was the 49th regular season of the National Football League. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, The Jints, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner The Mara and Tisch Families General manager Ernie Accorsi League/Conference affiliations National Football League... The 1962 NFL season was the 43th regular season of the National Football League. ... Wayne Walker (b. ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ...


During his career, Kramer was often injured. Among these were surgery to remove wood fragments embedded in his body from a teenage accident, and a badly injured ankle suffered in 1961. In all, Kramer played in 129 regular season games; he also had 22 surgeries in 11 seasons, including a colostomy, which he described as nightmare most people don't know of yet. Despite these setbacks, Kramer was selected as an All-Pro in 1960, 1962, 1963, 1966, & 1967. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Author

In his penultimate season of 1967, Kramer collaborated with Dick Schaap on his best-selling first book, Instant Replay, a diary of the season which highlighted the heretofore obscure work of an offensive lineman. It climaxed with Kramer's lead block in front of Bart Starr to win the legendary "Ice Bowl" championship game. Kramer and Schaap would write two more books together. Kramer played one more year, retiring from the NFL following the 1968 season. After that season, which saw the Packers powerhouse fall apart into a losing season, he published a sequel book, Farewell to Football. The 1967 NFL season was the 48th regular season of the National Football League. ... Richard J. Schaap (September 27, 1934 – December 21, 2001) was a 20th century American sportswriter, broadcaster, and the author or co-author of 33 books. ... Bryan Bartlett Starr (born January 9, 1934 in Montgomery, Alabama) is a former professional football player and coach. ... The referee signals a touchdown after quarterback Bart Starr sneaks in for the game-winning score in The Ice Bowl. ... The 1968 NFL season was the 49th regular season of the National Football League. ...


Jerry Kramer is now living in Augusta,Maine. In October 2005, he released Inside the Locker Room a c.d. set that includes Vince Lombardi’s final locker room address as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers, immediately following the conclusion of Super Bowl II. In September 2006, Kramer is scheduled to re-release his 1968 best seller, Instant Replay. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Vincent Thomas Lombardi (June 11, 1913 – September 3, 1970) was one of the most successful coaches in the history of American football. ... City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner 111,967 stockholders Chairman Bob Harlan General manager Ted Thompson Fight song Go! You Packers! Go! League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919-1920) National Football League (1921–present) Western Division (1933-1949) National Conference (1950... Date January 14, 1968 Stadium Miami Orange Bowl City Miami, Florida MVP Bart Starr, Quarterback Favorite Packers by 13½ National anthem Grambling State University Band Coin toss Game referee Referee Jack Vest Halftime show Grambling State University Band Attendance 75,546 TV in the United States Network CBS Announcers Ray... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ...


Kramer has 6 children and 4 grandchildren. His sons Matt & Jordan also played college football at Idaho. Jordan has been an NFL linebacker since 2003, initially with the Tennessee Titans, moving to the Atlanta Falcons in 2005. The University of Idaho is the states land-grant and primary research university, located in Moscow. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... City Nashville, Tennessee Team colors Navy, Titans Blue, White, and Red Head Coach Jeff Fisher Owner Bud Adams General manager Floyd Reese Mascot T-Rac League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC Central (1970... City Atlanta, Georgia Team colors Black, Red, Silver, and White Head Coach Jim L. Mora Owner Arthur Blank General manager Rich McKay Mascot Freddie Falcon League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1966–present) Eastern Conference (1966) Western Conference (1967-69) Coastal Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


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Jerry Kramer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (801 words)
Jerry Kramer's family moved from northern Utah to northern Idaho when he was in the fourth grade, settling in Sandpoint.
Kramer was a standout player for the Vandals, along with teammate (and roommate) Wayne Walker of Boise, a future All-Pro linebacker with the Detroit Lions.
Kramer was the 39th player selected in the 1958 NFL draft, taken in the fourth round by the Green Bay Packers.
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