Jerry Kramer has been a Hall-of-Fame finalist 11 times, including twice as a senior committee nominee. He is only the fifth player with 10 or more appearances as a finalist. Will he finally get to Canton and make his first visit to the Hall of Fame this year?
Our Hall-of-Fame voters, Ron Borges, Rick Gosselin and Clark Judge, handicap Kramer’s chances in today’s Talk of Fame Network podcast. Clark points out the other four players to appear 10 times or more – Paul Hornung, Carl Eller, Tom Mack and Lynn Swann – as finalists were ultimately enshrined, so it may bode well for Kramer.
Rick admits to being a strong advocate for Kramer. Ron feels the same way. Yet both also worry that with 11 members of Vince Lombardi’s Packers of the 1960s, the voters may have reached the point where they believe adding Jerry Kramer is just too many inductees from one team,\.
The guys also analyze the resume of former Houston Oilers’ linebacker Robert Brazile, who along with Kramer was a senior committee nominee. Rick and Ron are both members of the nine-person senior committee so they bring an insider’s view of the process and how “Dr. Doom’’ emerged from the large senior pool to become a finalist.
Lastly, Clark will be presenting the case for this year’s contributor committee nominee, former Washington Redskins and San Diego Chargers’ general manager Bobby Beathard.
“I don’t think this is a hard case to make,’’ Judge said of Beathard.
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