Who’s the best OL not in the Hall of Fame?


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(Kent Hull photo courtesy of the Buffalo Bills)
(Joe Jacoby photo courtesy of the Washington Redskins)

Talk of Fame Network

Sports in general — and football in particular — have become so stats-driven. How many yards, how many touchdowns, how many sacks and how many interceptions matter when one starts analyzing a player’s greatness.

Which brings us to offensive linemen, who have no stats. Team stats, yes, but individual stats, no. So there is no single barometer that can tell us why one blocker was better than another or why one offensive lineman belongs in the Hall of Fame while another does not.

There are 27 offensive tackles, 19 guards and a dozen centers in Canton. An argument can be made that there should be more.

That’s the question this week in our Talk of Fame Network poll – who’s the best offensive lineman not enshrined in the Hall of Fame? We’ve put together a slate that includes a player on the NFL’s 50th anniversary team, a couple all-decade selections and others who went to eight and nine Pro Bowlers.  Here are your six options:

Ed Budde. Two guards were selected to the all-time All-AFL team, Budde and Billy Shaw. Shaw was enshrined in Canton as a senior candidate, but Budde has never been discussed as a finalist. Budde was the fourth overall pick of the 1963 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles but elected to sign with the AFL Chiefs, who also made him a first-round pick. Budde became a walk-in starter on Kansas City teams that would win three AFL titles and a Super Bowl. He was selected for seven AFL All-Star Games and two Pro Bowls.

NFL Historical Imagery

(Ed Budde photo courtesy of the Kansas City Chiefs)

Winston Hill. Another overlooked blocker from the AFL era, Hill also arrived in the 1963 draft and played 15 seasons with the New York Jets. Protecting Joe Namath’s blind side at left tackle, Hill, who died this week at the age of 74, was selected for three AFL All-Star Games and five Pro Bowls. He started 174 consecutive games for the Jets at one point, and his blocking was instrumental in New York’s the Super Bowl III upset of the Baltimore Colts. The Jets rushed for 142 yards that day against the NFL’s best defense.

Hill color action 1965 - Courtesy Jets

(Winston Hill photo courtesy of the New York Jets)

Kent Hull. A three-time Pro Bowl center, the only blemish on Hull’s resume is the absence of a championship ring. He started on Buffalo teams that went to four consecutive Super Bowls in the early 1990s, but the Bills didn’t win any of them. Hull began his career in the USFL, blocking for Herschel Walker with the New Jersey Generals, before joining the Bills and starting for 11 consecutive seasons. Walker set a pro football rushing record with 2,411 yards for the Generals in 1985, and Jim Kelly won an NFL passing title for the Bills in 1990. Hull blocked for both Walker and Kelly those seasons.

Joe Jacoby. Championship rings are no problem for Jacoby. He has three of them from his career with the Washington Redskins. Undrafted out of Louisville in 1981, Jacoby became a walk-in starter and a mainstay of the “Hogs” blocking front. He played on four Super Bowl teams – the first three at left tackle and the final one (1991) at right tackle. Jacoby became the prototype for the modern-era left tackle with his basketball body (6-7, 295 pounds). He spent his career blocking the likes of Lawrence Taylor, Reggie White and Bruce Smith and was named to the 1980s’ NFL all-decade team for his efforts.

Jerry Kramer. Figure this one out – the Hall of Fame selection committee named Kramer the best guard of the NFL’s first half-century, yet he remains on the outside looking in at Canton. He has been a Hall-of-Fame finalist 10 times but was passed over each time. Kramer played 10 seasons with the Vince Lombardi-era Packers, helping Green Bay win five championships. He went to three Pro Bowls and was named to the NFL’s 1960’s all-decade team. Kramer served as Green Bay’s placekicker in 1962-63, scoring 156 points, and also threw the key block that won the Ice Bowl in 1967.

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(Jerry Kramer photo courtesy of the Green Bay Packers)

Bob Kuechenberg. Like Kramer, Keuchenberg has had his chances in the room. He’s been an eight-time Hall-of-Fame finalist without ever surviving the process for that gold jacket. Center Jim Langer and guards Keuchenberg and Larry Little formed the hub of one of the greatest rushing attacks of all-time at Miami – a ground game that delivered the Dolphins back-to-back Lombardi Trophies in 1972-73 and the NFL’s only perfect season in 1972. How dominant was that rushing attack? Bob Griese threw only seven passes in one of the Super Bowl victories. Kuechenberg went to as many Pro Bowls (six) as Langer and more than Little — yet Langer and Little are both in the Hall of Fame and Kooch is not.

Bob Kuechenberg

(Bob Kuechenberg photo courtesy of the Miami Dolphins)

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96 Comments

  1. Sports Fan
    April 27, 2016
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    SADLY Winston Hill passed away Yesterday!
    R.I.P. Winston Hill
    Condolences for you Family/Loved Ones/Friends
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    Posted by Clark Judge on December 16, 2014 at 12:01 am
    State Your Case: Winston Hill

    By Clark Judge

    Talk of Fame Network

    It’s not Winston Hill’s exclusion from the Hall of Fame that puzzles me. It’s the Hall’s failure to discuss the guy that I don’t get.

    Hill wasn’t just a starting tackle on the Jets’ Super Bowl III team. He was Joe Namath’s bodyguard, entrusted to protect the foundation of the franchise. But he was more than that. Winston Hill was a complete player, a superior run blocker who helped open the holes Emerson Boozer and Matt Snell exploited so effectively in the Jets’ landmark defeat of Baltimore.

    He was good enough to be a four-time All-AFL choice. He was good enough to be a four-time All-NFL choice. He was as durable as he was tough, missing only one game in his 15 years in the pros and starting 174 straight times. And he could run block as well as he could pass protect.

    The Baltimore Colts found that out the hard way in Super Bowl III when the Jets ran Snell left behind Hill, hammering away at defensive end Ordell Braase, Result: Snell ran for a game-high 121 yards, including the Jets’ only touchdown in the first half. Most teams ran in the other direction, but not New York … and it was because of one guy.

    Winston Hill.

    “I’ve been telling reporters for a long time that Winston Hill is a great offensive tackle,” winning coach Weeb Ewbank said after Super Bowl III, “and (in the Super Bowl) he proved it. I mean, when he blocks he doesn’t just a get a stalemate with the guy he’s on. He blows him out.”

    But Hill was one of the first top pass-blocking tackles, too, using his size and strength to keep onrushing linemen off Namath. Few people talk about his quickness, but the guy could move – and if you don’t believe me ask the guys who played with him in the spring. Hill was a star tennis player.

    “Of all the people on the Jets who aren’t in the Hall of Fame, he’s the first one that should be there,” said Frank Ramos, former Jets’ public relations director. “He had more honors than any other Jet – including Joe Namath. He was a complete blocker.”

    That figures. He played for Ewbank, who was an assistant on the great Cleveland Browns teams that had Otto Graham as their quarterback and who went on to become head coach in Baltimore when John Unitas was the quarterback. Ewbank understood the value of protecting a quarterback, and never was that clearer than when Namath threw for 4,007 yards in 1967.

    According to Ramos, Namath was sacked seven times.

    That doesn’t surprise Hall-of-Fame coach Bill Parcells. He recalled visiting the Jets in training camp one summer and leaving with one impression: Other than Namath and Snell, Winston Hill was the best player on the football field. In fact, when he was asked to name one candidate not in the Hall who belonged, he chose Hill.

    “I guess that would be the guy,” he said. “I just think he’s a heckuva lot better than some of the guys who are in there.”

    So do I. Winston Hill was good. Very good. And if he doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame, he at least belongs in the conversation. So let’s start talking.
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    bachslunch
    March 16, 2016 at 7:39 pm
    Excellent player, definitely has a great HoF case. Honors are solid at 1/8/allAFL and scores well at Ken Crippen’s film study site. The only OT with a better regiment not in is Jim Tyrer.

    • April 27, 2016
      Reply

      We’re re-running story. Very sad. Great guy. Great player. Really believe he belongs.

  2. bachslunch
    April 27, 2016
    Reply

    There are actually a lot of o-lineman who belong in the HoF, most of them Senior eligible, and many of them guards. The best not in is probably Jim Tyrer, but he’s got a lot of baggage. I can get behind all of Dick Barwegen, Jim Ray Smith, Duane Putnam, Jerry Kramer, Walt Sweeney, Ed Budde, Jim Tyrer, Winston Hill, George Kunz, and Marvin Powell among the Seniors. Am fine with Kevin Mawae, Alan Faneca, Mike Kenn, Tony Boselli, and Joe Jacoby among regularly eligible folks. The best soon to be Senior (in about a year or two) center not in is probably Jay Hilgenberg, though not sure how bad a snub he really is. Am lukewarm at best about Bob Kuechenberg and Kent Hull. Other Senior eligible guards who may have cases include John Niland, Ken Gray, and Bob Talamini (and Bob Skoronski scores well at Ken Crippen’s film study site despite paltry honors) but good luck getting all these folks in.

  3. Rob
    April 27, 2016
    Reply

    Where would you have put Alan Faneca on this list?

    • Rick Gosselin
      April 28, 2016
      Reply

      Not above the 6 on that list. George Kunz is another who deserved to be on that list.

  4. Sam Goldenberg
    April 28, 2016
    Reply

    Clark: As you know this one is my personal pet peeve. I just don’t understand how Jerry Kramer is not in the Hall of Fame. As you stated he was named the best guard on the NFL 50th anniversary team. This alone should merit induction, every other player on that team is in the Hall Of Fame. In addition here are some of Kramer’s other achievements.
    • He played 11 years in the NFL and was All-Pro 5 times.
    • In 2 of the 11 years during his career he did not play due to serious injury or illness. The illness he endured was very serious and he nearly died. Yet, remarkably, he came back to play NFL football after this near death experience and attained All-Pro status 3 more times.
    • He was named starting guard of the NFL 1960’s all-decade team. A large of percentage of this team is in the NFL Hall of Fame.
    • In the 1962 NFL Championship Game that was played in frigid conditions in Yankee Stadium, in addition to opening holes for Jim Taylor and Paul Hornung (both Hall of Famers, who have endorsed Jerry for the Hall of Fame) and blocking Sam Huff (another Hall of Famer, who has also been very active in his endorsement of Jerry for the Hall of Fame), he kicked 3 fields goals (the margin of victory) and an extra point as the Packers beat the Giants 16-7.
    • In the 1967 NFL Championship Game, known as the Ice Bowl, Jerry Kramer made probably the most famous block in the NFL History when he opened a hole for Bart Starr to score the winning touchdown with 16 seconds remaining in -13 degree temperatures and wind chills near -40. Running the ball on third down with no timeouts was a huge gamble. To his dying day Tom Landry said it was a bad decision to run the ball. So why run? Because Jerry had spotted on film that Jethro Pugh was high in his stance and could be wedged. The great Vince Lombardi had the confidence in Jerry to get the job done.
    • Jerry Kramer was the symbol of the signature play of Lombardi’s Packers “the Green Bay Power Sweep”. Every picture or video of this play has #64 leading the way.
    • The true mark of a Hall of Famer is dominance and ability to make big plays during their playing career. When Jerry was healthy he was the best guard the NFL, a truly dominant force, and when the chips were on the line he made the big play (see 1962 and 1967 NFL Championship games above). I can think of two deserving Hall of Famers who did not have long careers (had injuries, similar to Jerry) but clearly were Hall of Famers. These are Joe Namath and Gale Sayers. However, a quarterback and a running back you can easily see their greatness, with a guard it is more difficult. Jerry Kramer, when he played, you saw greatness.
    • So many of Jerry’s peers (over 50-an amazing endorsement) have endorsed him for induction (and can’t understand why he is not in the Hall of Fame). These include Merlin Olsen, Lenny Moore, Bob Lilly, Gene Hickerson, Dan Diordorf, Lem Barney, Sam Huff, Frank Gifford, Dick Butkus, Mike Ditka, Doug Atkins and of course his Packer teammates (many who are in the Hall of Fame). These are people that played with Jerry. People with firsthand knowledge of his greatness. I think you would be hard pressed to find another candidate with these endorsements. However, I think the late Merlin Olsen’s endorsement is the most relevant. “There is no question in my mind that Jerry Kramer has Hall of Fame credentials. Respect is given grudgingly in the trenches of the NFL and Jerry earned my respect as battled eye to eye on so many long afternoons.Jerry Kramer belongs in the Hall of Fame”. If one of the greatest DT’s to ever play, who battled with Kramer for so many years thinks this way, there really should be no question.
    • Jerry Kramer is ranked #1 on a list of top ten players that should be in the NFL Hall of Fame. This list was compiled by the NFL Network.
    In addition Kramer was just voted as starting guard on the 50th anniversary Super Bowl Team. He is also an ambassador of the game, and the last true link to the great Lombardi Teams (with Bart Starr’s health issues)
    What more does this guy have to do? I think the Hall of Fame is not complete without Jerry Kramer. He is now 80 years old and fairly healthy I believe. Who knows what life has in store. Put him in the Hall Of Fame, while he and his family can enjoy it.

  5. Jeff
    April 28, 2016
    Reply

    I am firmly on the Kramer bandwagon. Not that I have any evidence, but I just assume that he must’ve ticked off the wrong person or people somewhere along the way. I mean, he was even denied his once chance as a senior after being a modern finalist so many times…Anyway, the only guy on this list that I’d be hesitant about is Kent Hull. Kramer, Hill and Jacoby oughta be in in my opinion, and I’d be alright with Kuechenberg. In Jacoby’s case, I always thought he was simply a more dominant player than Russ Grimm, but Grimm seemed to get more respect and is already in. The two of them as a combo were just beastly back in the 80s.

  6. bachslunch
    April 28, 2016
    Reply

    Looks like the ‘Skins fan with multiple accounts struck again on the poll — huge sudden vote total for Joe Jacoby. These polls are pretty pointless, looks like.

    • Rick Gosselin
      April 28, 2016
      Reply

      Other markets have the chance to vote as well. I’m surprised there’s not a bigger Wisconsin presence in this poll. Those folks have been passionate and persistent about Kramer.

      • May 1, 2016
        Reply

        I’m trying to get the ball rolling here, along with Don Horn & his family, Rich.

        • May 1, 2016
          Reply

          Apparently, the ball rolled. Kramer in a landslide now.

      • mivanegeren@yahoo.com
        May 2, 2016
        Reply

        The fact that Jerry Kramer is not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a total sham!

  7. bachslunch
    April 28, 2016
    Reply

    I’d vote for Jerry Kramer for the HoF if I had a vote, and think he’s good enough to merit enshrinement. But looking at Ken Crippen’s film study site suggests a reason he may have been passed over, despite scoring fairly well there — he apparently had holes in his pass protection skills. Plus he lost about half of 1961 and almost all of 1963 to injury. Still, he was among the best as a blocker on running and screen pass plays, his honors profile is good at 5/3/60s, and he was terrific at pulling. Plus his strengths were those most useful to Green Bay’s offensive schemes.

  8. Sam Goldenberg
    April 28, 2016
    Reply

    Rick: Obviously I am in the Jerry Kramer camp so I think the poll is not really an accurate representation. I do respect the support Redskin Fans provide to their players, but I think it is possible the Wisconsin fan base may not be aware of the poll (I am from NJ, but enjoy your Website on a daily basis. It is great to debate about so many excellent players). As for the reasons I stated above, Kramer is a Hall of Famer and hopefully he will be recognized.

  9. Johnny Parker
    April 29, 2016
    Reply

    Jerry Kramer deserves to be in The Pro Football Hall Of Fame! All of his credentials, accomplishments, championships, endorsements and the praises of the greatest coach ever Vince Lombardi and Jerry is still passed over! Jerry has been and still is an great ambassador for the game! Please Canton open your doors for #64!

  10. Dan Pressler
    April 29, 2016
    Reply

    Sounds like everyone of these guys belongs. I’d have to put Jacoby first & a five-way tie for 2nd

  11. bachslunch
    April 29, 2016
    Reply

    Rick: would prefer people decided relative HoF worth based on merit instead of partisan homer-ism. Otherwise nobody would be elected except for those with the pushiest fan bases such as the ‘Skins and Raiders.

    Probably too much to expect, I guess. Oh well.

  12. Mark Schneider
    April 29, 2016
    Reply

    Sorry Charlie- Forget all of them UNTIL JERRY KRAMER gets inducted. NO ONE has better credentials than JERRY KRAMER, Ten times a finalist. Named GREATEST GUARD of the first 50 years of the SUPER BOWL and NFL ALL TIME 50th ANNIVERSARY team. No offense to Dick Stanfel but, his numbers, on the field, do not compare with Jerry Kramers! Jerry’s got 5 Championships and won first 2 Super Bowls.

    • April 30, 2016
      Reply

      I understand why you feel that way but a boycott of other deserving candidates would only create more problems of this nature.

      • Mark Schneider
        May 2, 2016
        Reply

        Stanfel’s on field numbers are no where near Jerry Kramer’s accomplishments and that is not a slam on Stanfel. Dick Stanfel and Ken Stabler passed away and then get inducted- WE DON”T WANT THAT TO HAPPEN ON JERRY KRAMER”s CASE

  13. Brian D
    April 30, 2016
    Reply

    Growing up in Grren Bay in the ’60s was special. Even more special is #64, Jerry Kramer a true HOF’er.

    • April 30, 2016
      Reply

      It remains mind-boggling to me that Kramer has been rejected several times. He was the ONLY guard selected to the NFL’s 50th Anniversary Team. Seems to me if HOF voters who picked that team felt that way putting him into the Hall was their obligation.

  14. billy wilcox
    April 30, 2016
    Reply

    I do believe all these deserve to be in but Jacoby is the best of all of them. John Madden said he deserves to be on the all century team. Jacoby I believe is the only left tackle that never allowed LT to sack his QB. He was not in the game when Thiesman got his leg broke! 3 rings. He deserves to be in with the rest of the Hogs. Ask John Riggins!!

    • April 30, 2016
      Reply

      Many feel strongly about Jacoby as you do. It seems likely he will get another shot at election now that his candidacy was resurrected last year.

  15. Sam Goldenberg
    April 30, 2016
    Reply

    Ron: The people in the Jerry Kramer camp are not boycotting any of the other candidates. All have great credentials. No doubt Joe Jacoby was an outstanding OT. However, it has just been too long that Jerry Kramer has been overlooked or denied for whatever reason. The greatest guard in the first 50 years of the NFL not in the Hall of Fame? That is a wrong that should be righted. Jerry’s credentials are overwhelming.

  16. May 1, 2016
    Reply

    Dear Ron and Rick,
    Thanks for taking the time to discuss Jerry Kramer and all the other great players. Good to see this discussion.
    I feel that a lot of people in our Kramer camp are frustrated with the process. They feel like their voice isn’t being heard. What does a fan need to do to to have their opinion heard and counted?
    Thank you for your time. I know the selection process isn’t easy but this is important. We would like to see Kramer enjoy his enshrinement while he is alive and kicking. Look forward to seeing Farce inducted this year.

    • Rick Gosselin
      May 3, 2016
      Reply

      Jerry remains in the discussion as a senior candidate. That’s what’s important — remaining in the discussion. The senior pool is an abyss of worthy candidates. Everyone there is a longshot to get in. When you fall out of the discussion, you are lost.

      • May 3, 2016
        Reply

        Thank you Rick. Appreciate your time. We will keep pushing.

  17. Philip
    May 1, 2016
    Reply

    Open the door for #64!JERRY! JERRY! JERRY!

  18. May 1, 2016
    Reply

    IT IS TIME. IT IS WAY, WAY PAST TIME, DECADES LATE. I’m not going to repeat the obvious, Jerry Kramer’s Hall of Fame resume speaks LOUDLY for itself. Just a portion of Kramer’s resume should have automatically put him in DECADES ago. I will only add one reminder, He was THE leader and Guard that made it Lombardi’s signature play and was integral to so many Packer NFL championships.
    IT IS TIME. IT IS WAY, WAY PAST TIME. IT IS TIME the NFL Hall of Fame CORRECT A GRIEVOUS, GRIEVOUS TRAVESTY that has given the Hall a black eye as a highly political organization and legitimized itself in the eyes of not only the eyes of NFL Fans, Packer or not, but in the eyes of all the players of that era and the myriad of HOF players who have come out so strongly, so vocally, for Hall to FINALLY DO RIGHT, before it does anything else, BEFORE IT CONSIDERS ONE MORE player, VOTE OVERWHELMINGLY TO FINALLY GET JERRY KRAMER IN THE Hall of Fame, FOR NFL PLAYERS, COACHES, AND FANS EVERYWHERE.

  19. Al Pace
    May 1, 2016
    Reply

    I agree with everything you say here Sam Goldenberg in your 4-28/ 10:11am post, I couldn’t state the facts better. It is getting quite ridiculous how long this has been going on. I’ve been a DIE HARD Dallas Cowboys fan since SB VI in ’72, but ALWAYS believed in FAIRNESS in this picking selection process. How they can consciously overlook Mr. Kramer, year after year, is a bit beyond comprehension. Hopefully they will choose him this year, otherwise this selection process will seem more like the rigged Academy Awards picking process. Then it won’t be worth paying attention to at all for me, year after year.

  20. Robyn
    May 1, 2016
    Reply

    Shameful that Jerry Kramer is not in the HOF. This is a wrong that needs to righted.

  21. Patrick Keenan
    May 1, 2016
    Reply

    Mr.Jerry Kramer deserves to be in the HOF. Let’s correct this mistake voters…how can the last player From the first 50 years greatest players not be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

    Thank you,

    Patrick Keenan

  22. Dan Handy
    May 2, 2016
    Reply

    Past time for Jerry Kramer to be in the Hall, voted best guard for the 1st 50 years of the NFL so come voters do your job.

  23. DH
    May 2, 2016
    Reply

    2017 belongs to Joe Jacoby, it is long overdue. It’s ironic because if a QB had played in 4 Super Bowls and won 3 with three different starting LT, he’d be a first ballot HOF. Jacoby protected the blind side (and one at RT) of three different QB’s in 4 Super Bowls winning 3 of them. The one common denominator on those teams was the offensive line!

  24. Pat Kinney
    May 2, 2016
    Reply

    All due respect to others waiting in the wings, it seems to me there are three glaring omissions from Canton: Jerry Kramer and two guys he lined up against: Jim Marshall, pro football’s Iron Man before Brett Favre; and Alex Karras. And I’d like to put in a good word for Jim Plunkett if anyone’s listening; fantastic success story.
    One of my favorite exchanges in NFL literature is when Kramer referred to Karras as “a nearsighted hippopotamus” in “Instant Replay,” and in Kramer’s followup book, “Farewell to Football,” he noted Karras knocked him on his keyster in the ’68 season and said, “Write that in your book, you sonofabitch.” Of course, Jerry did, or we wouldn’t know about it!

  25. brian
    May 2, 2016
    Reply

    Pretty obvious it’s Kramer and Jacoby that should be in above anyone else! It’s a shame when i see linemen who played in the 90’s and 2000’s get in and these two get left behind year after year!

  26. LB Smith
    May 2, 2016
    Reply

    Put Jerry Kramer in the HOF he is the best not in there!!

  27. Jeff Orheim
    May 2, 2016
    Reply

    An absolute travesty that needs to be corrected. Come on voters, make this right and open the door for 64.

  28. Jason
    May 2, 2016
    Reply

    Jerry Kramer, and it’s not even close. The hall of fame voters that have kept him out for . . . whatever reason should be ashamed of themselves. I still want to know why. The only excuse I’ve heard is “too many Lombardi Packers in the hall.” Yet nobody says that about 70’s Steelers or Cowboys. Also, if there are too many Lombardi Packers in the Hall, why did Dave Robinson get in a few years back? There isn’t a legitimate reason for keeping him out. Unless the fact that he is a bestselling author sticks in the crow of some writers.

    • May 2, 2016
      Reply

      To me, it’s pretty simple. It has nothing to do with too many or too few. Simple question: Do you belong or not? If he was named to the 50th anniversary team … and he was … I think we have our answer.

  29. Rick Glasgow
    May 2, 2016
    Reply

    Mr. Jerry Kramer should be in the Hall,he was the best at his position by far. A teacher of the game.

  30. Jim
    May 2, 2016
    Reply

    The HOF is a joke if it does not let Jerry in.

  31. Scott Matteson
    May 2, 2016
    Reply

    When does the poll close ?

  32. Anonymous
    May 2, 2016
    Reply

    If we’re counting rings, Jerry Kramer has FIVE…

  33. Daniel Kramer
    May 2, 2016
    Reply

    If we’re counting rings, Jerry Kramer has FIVE to go with SUCH a resume. He should have been inducted back in the early ’70s.

    The Case for Jerry Kramer’s Induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame

    3× Pro Bowl selection
    5× First-Team All-Pro selection
    (1960, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1967)
    1× Second-Team All-Pro selection (1968)
    5× NFL champion
    (1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967)
    2× Super Bowl champion (I, II)
    NFL 1960s All-Decade Team
    NFL 50th Anniversary Team (Kramer remains the only player from that team not inducted into the Hall of Fame)
    Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame
    Made the most famous block in NFL history
    Scored 177 points in his 11-year career including 3 field goals and one extra point in the 1962 NFL Championship game – in which he also recovered a fumble and was awarded the game ball. At one point, in the 1962 season, he was the NFL’s leading scorer.

    Need more?
    • The only offensive player for the Green Bay Packers selected to John Madden’s All Super Bowl 25 Team
    • USA Today picks Jerry Kramer as the starting Right Guard for the All 50th Super Bowl Team
    • Selected by Sports Illustrated as the Best Player to ever wear #64 (runner up was Randall McDaniel who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010)
    • Steve Sabol called Jerry Kramer the Best Player not in the Hall of Fame
    http://archive.today/XLDa
    • The NFL Network chose Jerry Kramer as the #1 player not in the Hall of Fame
    • The Sporting News lists Jerry Kramer as the ninth greatest Green Bay Packer of all time and adds: “Easily the most egregious omission in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and arguably in any sports’ hall of fame…”
    ‪http://www.sportingnews.com/…/top-10-green-bay…/slide/9‬‬‬‬
    • The Atlantic, Bleacher Report and Sportsbreak all call for his induction

    Still Need more?
    • We have letters of support from almost three dozen current members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.865275960151080.1073741826.223659787646037&type=3
    • Check out this scrap book of Jerry Kramer’s career:
    http://files.flipsnack.net/iframehtml5/embed.html?hash=fh5sofli&fullscreen=1&previous_page=true
    • HOF finalist in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1987, Senior Candidate in 1997

    Please write the Pro-Football Hall of Fame and nominate Jerry:
    Senior Selection Committee
    2121 George Halas Drive Northwest
    Canton, OH 44708

  34. Roger Dier
    May 2, 2016
    Reply

    Whether kicking the Packers to the 1962 NFL championship, earning numerous All-Pro honors, throwing the most famous block in NFL history (with Ken Bowman’s help) or writing a best selling book of an NFL season (Run to Daylight), few players Currently in the Hall of Fame don’t come close to doing for the NFL what Jerry Kramer did during his career. Stop the nonsense: put Jerry Kramer in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  35. Judi bradt
    May 2, 2016
    Reply

    He has certainly earned a place in hall for all his current fans to enjoy with him & make sure our next generations get to know him too.

  36. Ron Jones
    May 2, 2016
    Reply

    It is a crying shame the Jerry Kramer isn’t in already. Name as a player if the decade, and all the awards he has, there is no question about him being in. So, please have him go in next.

  37. Robin Schumacher
    May 2, 2016
    Reply

    Jerry Kramer! Class act through and through. Wayyyy over due for this!!!

  38. bachslunch
    May 2, 2016
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    Pat: am fine with Jerry Kramer (5/3/60s) and Alex Karras (4/4/60s) in the HoF, but not Jim Marshall (0/2/none) or Jim Plunkett. Will explain if necessary.

  39. stevefisher1948@gmail.com
    May 2, 2016
    Reply

    GOT TO BE JERRY KRAMER , LONG OVERDO

  40. Sheldeen Springer
    May 2, 2016
    Reply

    Jerry Kramer of Green Bay Packers

  41. AJ Grill
    May 2, 2016
    Reply

    Jerry Kramer deserves to be in the hall of fame.

    Nfl named him the greatest guard on their list of first 50 top players.

    Please enshrine the man before he passes away.

    There are plenty of hall of fame players in support of Mr. Kramer getting in. His accomplishments speak for themselves. No need for me to list them all.

    Thank you.

    #OpenTheDoorFor64

  42. WS
    May 2, 2016
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    Jerry Kramer—yes!!!

  43. Tracie
    May 2, 2016
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    Jerry Kramer belongs in the HOF
    One of the pioneers of the game – he deserves to be there

  44. Michael
    May 2, 2016
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    Ironhead Joe Jacoby has more than earned his spot in the spiritual HOF.

  45. Russ heffran
    May 2, 2016
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    Jerry Kramer needs to be in Hof I would like to know why he is not

  46. Russ heffran
    May 2, 2016
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    Jerry Kramer should have been in a long time ago come on

  47. Anonymous
    May 2, 2016
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    Jerry Kramer… Not even close, there is no legitimate reason he is not in the HOF yet

  48. Mark Mosley
    May 2, 2016
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    Jerry Kramer absolutely deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. Not only for his superb and historic playing as a key element in the Lombardi Power Sweep, not only for making the key block that enabled Bart Starr to score the winning touchdown in the Ice Bowl for a historic three in a row NFL championship, but also for writing two of the best books about football ever, Instant Replay and Farewell to Football, and for being one of the best spokespersons for the game and why men play it. There are many people in the Hall of Fame already who have contributed far less, and no one outside bcc who better deserves to be inducted.

  49. Don Peterson
    May 3, 2016
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    The Green Bay power sweep was a ballet carried out by massive offensive linemen and their running backs. Jerry Kramer a great guard and a shinning example for youngsters everywhere. When you talked about the Green Vay running offense his was the first name mentioned. This should in no way diminish the accomplishments of the other members of the offensive line. They were a team and if one is in the Hall of Fame all the others belong their also, especially Jerry Kramer. Please elect Jerry Kramer to the Football Hall of Fame.

  50. Tuzzy
    May 3, 2016
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    As a lifelong Browns fan, I grew up hating the Green Bay Packers. But I also realize that they had a great team and coach. To me, it is just plain dumb Jerry is not in the HOF. One question I have though, does Jerry’s carousing with Hornung have anything to do with the snub? Even though Hournung is in? It seems there was a lot of bad press when Hornung was banned, and it was directed at Jerry and another player as being responsible.

  51. bachslunch
    May 3, 2016
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    Jason inadvertently brings up a good point: why is Dave Robinson in the HoF? He has paltry honors of 3/3/60s, far less good than Baughan, Howley, and Brazile and marginally less good than Fortunato, Forester, and Grantham. What is he doing on the 60s all decade team, and why did he jump past all these other folks into the HoF? For that matter, why is Larry Morris on the all 60s team ahead of Baughan and Howley? Why is Joe Fortunato on the all 50s team when all his honors came during the 60s? And why are Carl Banks and John Anderson on the all 80s team ahead of Rickey Jackson?

  52. Pam
    May 3, 2016
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    I don’t know much about football, but I love my Packers, especially the Lombardi Era team. When I think of those greats, I ALWAYS think of Jerry Kramer.

  53. Michael Lacey
    May 3, 2016
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    Without question its Jerry Kramer,not only was he consistent in his greatness but off the field he has been a real ambassador of the sport…not to mention single handedly winning the 1962 NFL Championship game and throwing the most famous block in NFL history…if anyone deserves to be in the Hall of Fame its Jerry Kramer.

  54. Anonymous
    May 3, 2016
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    Jerry Kramer has been left out of the HOF for reasons other than what he did on the field. I truly believe that certain voters have kept Mr Kramer out because of success as an author . Thank God, for his books ……they gave fans like me a look at Lombardis’ Packers and I’m grateful for that. He was an AllPro,,he was part of NFLs 50th Anniversary Team in 1969, he was part of Lombardis legendary Sweep, and he was a decent field goal kicker that kicked 3 FGs to hep beat the NYG in the Championship game…….the shame of it and I hope this doesn’t happen is the almighty voters will vote him in after he passes like they Ken Stabler…..I have sent a letter of support to Canton for Mr Kramer for many years!

  55. Tony Despotakis
    May 3, 2016
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    Jerry Kramer should have been voted into the pro football HOF years ago…I can’t help it think that it’s personal with the voters…how can a player that was voted to the greatest NFL Team in 1969 still not be in?! I think that Mr Kramers success off the football field as an author caused this….Thank God he gave us a peek into Lombardi s Packers with his books! Canton isn’t complete without him…..he was part of NFL history being a part of Lombardis legendary Sweep, playing a key part of five NFL Championships including winning one as a Kicker! The sad thing is and I hope this doesn’t happen….the voters vote him in after he passes like they did with Ken Stabler……I hope this is the year he’s voted in! I’ve written letters for years on Mr Kramers behalf to Canton…..I hope they listen this year!

  56. Dustin Grieser
    May 3, 2016
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    The fact that Jerry Kramer is not in the hall of fame is a travesty. Please consider this great man for a place where he rightly belongs.

  57. Anonymous
    May 3, 2016
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    Not. Even. Close. #64, Jerry Kramer!

  58. Jon C. Miller
    May 3, 2016
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    Best guard of the first half-century. That says it all, so let’s vote Jerry Kramer into the hall this year!

  59. Betsy Scharth Ingersoll
    May 3, 2016
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    #64 Jerry Kramer – Best Guard and an incredible gentleman!

  60. John
    May 3, 2016
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    Jerry Kramer belongs in the Hall of Fame. It’s just that simple! Get it done this year!

  61. Bill Reinhard
    May 3, 2016
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    Time to right a wrong. Place Jerry Kramer in the hall.

  62. Anonymous
    May 3, 2016
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    Jerry Kramer – great player and a key part of some of the great games/plays of NFL history. No reason this guy is not in the Hall (along with some others on that list who were not flashy, but the best talent at their position).

  63. Dennis M. Corson
    May 3, 2016
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    Jerry Kramer should have been in the Pro Football Hall of Fame many, many years ago! He was a part of the greatest team in NFL history! He also had a very active role in the greatness of the Green Bay Packers of the 1960s I have been a fan of the Packers because of the 1960s team which includes Jerry Kramer for 46 years! It’s time to right a long overdue wrong and induct Jerry Kramer into the Hall of Fame!

  64. Irene Johnson
    May 3, 2016
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    It is long overdue that Jerry Kramer #64 of the Packers be in the Hall of Fame.

  65. Boomer Kohli
    May 3, 2016
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    # 64 Jerry Kramer HOF The Best who Should be a Shoe in A Long Time ago…who the heck is Peter King ? guy knows nothing on older players who paved the way for current players !

  66. Richard Booth
    May 3, 2016
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    I’m age 63, and I remember several fine guards: Gene Hickerson, Walt Sweeney, Gene Upshaw, others. But Jerry Kramer was at least, at least, the equal of any, and that he is not in the HOF is a travesty beyond my imagination. If Anthony Munoz (a tackle, I believe( is in there, Kramer certainly should be. Kramer could handle Bob Lilly, Merlin Olsen and Alex Karras. That says it all.

  67. Michael C Slater
    May 3, 2016
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    As a kid, I read Jerry’s book. The NFL, and Green Bay Packers became awe inspiring to me. JERRY KRAMER is far beyond the threshold of other NFL HOF Members in ability, Championship Rings, and recommendations of his peers; people who played the game. It is ridiculous that the NFL HOF is blacklisting, cuz that’s All it could be, Jerry Kramer. Michael C Slater

  68. Patrick Sullivan
    May 3, 2016
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    Jerry Kramer #64. I had the opportunity to see the best guard play in the 60’s. Always a gentleman off the field and a Allpro guard on the field! He should be in the Hall of Fame!

  69. Randall Preece
    May 3, 2016
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    Tried to click on Jerry Kramer but maybe another name was selected?? Pls. count me in for #64 of the Pack. Best I have ever seen play with no doubt. Manly man.

  70. May 3, 2016
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    Should be no reason to even have this discussion, as Jerry Kramer should have been in the Hall years ago. But since we are, Jerry Kramer has my vote and always will. Look at his list of accomplishments, as well as his toolbox of talents. Who else can say they switched to kicking and scored all those points??? The man could help the team win in any number of ways, that is what should count. Vote Jerry Kramer #64 into the Hall this year, please!

  71. Butch Dachel
    May 3, 2016
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    Jerry Kramer deserves to be in the Football Hall of Fame. No question about it.

  72. Kathy Hudson
    May 3, 2016
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    Go Pack Go!! Go Jerry Go!! My vote is in!!

  73. kevin baughman
    May 3, 2016
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    how is it that hard work an loyalty can be overlooked for this long..jerry kramer should have been in years ago..

  74. Robert McGrath
    May 3, 2016
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    1 of the biggest unjusts in the NFL. Should have happened years ago. HOF for Jerry !!!

  75. Dan Lynn
    May 3, 2016
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    Jerry Kramer belongs in the NFL HOF period
    Too many Packers from that era?
    Doesn’t matter
    He was excellent
    Put him in now
    Not in 25 years

  76. Anonymous
    May 3, 2016
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    Read all comments here #64 Jerry Kramer should have been in a long time ago. Do the right thing and put him in.

  77. Cheesus
    May 3, 2016
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    Read all comments here #64 Jerry Kramer should have been in a long time ago. Do the right thing and put him in.

  78. Cheesus
    May 3, 2016
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    Jerry Kramer played many positions for GB he stared at OT IT IS LONG OVERDUE put him in.

  79. May 4, 2016
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    Jerry Kramer was voted the top guard of the first 50 seasons, was the lead block for one of the most famous plays in NFL History, and has been nothing but an ambassador of the game since retiring. I don’t know who at the HOF or what the HOF has against him, but it is absurd that he is not already in. You have a chance to do what is right, so please don’t let this go much longer.

  80. kriscleereman@yahoo.com
    May 5, 2016
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    add jerry kramer to the hall of fame

  81. Anonymous
    October 15, 2016
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    John niland. Six time pro bowler on one of the dominant offensive lines in NFL history: the Dallas Cowboys . Elect niland to canton

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