The wait may soon be over for Jerry Kramer.
On Thursday he was named a senior finalist for the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class. Kramer is one of two potential inductees, along with former Houston Oilers linebacker Robert Brazile.
What makes this significant is the fact that nearly every senior finalist in recent history has reached the necessary 80 percent vote to get enshrined. Every nominee since 2010 has been voted in. Since the Hall of Fame began nominating two players a year in 2004, only one has not made the cut.
Kramer has long been considered one of the best players not currently in Canton. The 81-year-old was a Hall of Fame finalist nine times, and a senior finalist once prior in 1997.
The Sandpoint native played 11 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, making the All-Pro first team on five occasions. He was an instrumental offensive lineman for Vince Lombardi, helping pave the way to wins in Super Bowls I and II.
Following his career the former University of Idaho star was named to the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1960s.