Monday, December 29, 2014

Pillars of the NFL: Jerry Kramer

In Patrick McCaskey's Pillars of the NFL: Coaches Who Have Won Three or More Championships  he covers the ten greatest NFL coaches of all-time.  Among the pillars is Vince Lombardi who coached the Green Bay Packers to five NFL Championships in the 1970s.  Lombardi was one of most gifted coaches who made his mark on NFL history. 

In a series of posts we include some description of Lombardi's players. 

Jerry Kramer

Jerry Kramer was an All-American at the University of Idaho where he played guard and served as a kicker.  He also competed in track and field where he set shot put records.  Kramer was a fourth round draft choice of the Packers in 1958.  Kramer developed into one of the best lineman of all time under former lineman Lombardi.  He was often called Lombardi’s whipping boy, but the extra attention paid off for Kramer and the team. 


Kramer is often turned to as a  spokesman for the Lombardi years.  He has written best selling books on the coach and his era:

Instant Replay: The Green Bay Diary of Jerry Kramer
Jerry Kramer's Farewell to Football
Distant Replay

  See "The Day Dick Butkus Caught a Bobby Douglass Pass for the Win."