KREM 2 News and the University of Idaho are trying to get one of its greatest athletes, Jerry Kramer, enshrined into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame.
Kramer is known for many things during his 10 year career in the NFL: his Packers won two Super Bowls, five NFL championships and he was a perennial All-Pro selection. In addition to being named to the 50th Anniversary team, Kramer was selected for the NFL 1960’s All-Decade team. Kramer kicked the winning field goal in the 1962 NFL Championship game and made what many consider the most famous block in NFL history against the Dallas Cowboys when he paved the way for Packer quarterback Bart Starr to score as time was running out in the famous “Ice Bowl” game in 1967.
Kramer’s Hall of Fame fate depends on a four hour long meeting Wednesday when the Senior Selection Committee decides whether to move Jerry onto the main list of candidates to be considered for induction.
Nine sports journalists from around the nation are on the hall's senior committee. They look at dozens of players retired for at least 25 years. A few weeks ago they narrowed that list to a secret list of 15 candidates.
On Wednesday five of the nine senior committee members will gather in a room at the hall in Canton with two current hall of fame players who act as consultants.
The Vice President of Communications for the hall, Joe Horrigan has run the meeting for the past 25 years.
Horrigan thinks jerry's chances are very good to be on that list of 15. "Obviously he's still a rather strong and reliable candidate. My guess is that will continue," said Horrigan.
Everything that is said during that meeting is confidential. There is no formula for who gets in and who doesn't according to Horrigan.
Jerry has an organized hall of fame campaign run by his daughter and a Boise-based pr group that put together an impressive packet of letters from 30 Hall of Fame-ers supporting his bid.
We asked Horrigan if that packet could make the difference. "It has some value, but it isn't one thing particular to a candidate…It is not unusual. It was a nicely done presentation, some are not nearly as well thought out," said Horrigan.
Horrigan won't put odds on jerry's nomination, but says his name keeps coming up in that room almost every year and that it's a good thing to always be in the discussion.
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