But just winning that first Super Bowl would not be enough for the Packers. That 25-point victory was a statement – and Lombardi underscored that statement after the game when he said the Chiefs would not compete with the top-tier teams of the NFL.
There are 26 established NFL franchises and every one of them believes it has 2-3 players who have been unfairly overlooked by the Hall of Fame selection process. That’s a pool of about 75 worthy candidates.
Jerry Kramer was a key cog of Vince Lombardi teams that won five NFL championships, including the first two Super Bowls. In addition to the 50th anniversary team, Kramer was selected to the 1960s NFL all-decade team.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee named Jerry Kramer the best guard in the first 50 years of the NFL. In all, the committee voted 15 players the best at their position – but Kramer is the only one still waiting for a bust in Canton.
Hall-of-Fame receiver Lance Alworth played on one Super Bowl champion, the 1971 Dallas Cowboys, and he played on them late in his career. That club was good. But it wasn’t the best team that Alworth was part of. Nope, he said that distinction belongs to the 1963 San Diego Chargers.