NEW YORK CITY, NY -- The greatest football player ever to suit up for the Idaho Vandals has a special tie to this year’s Super Bowl.
Sandpoint Native Jerry Kramer played in the last NFL championship game played in New York in 1962. He was named the game’s MVP as the Green Bay Packers beat the New York Giants in one of the greatest settings in all of sports at Yankee Stadium.
“The history and tradition and all the great games and things as a child,” said Kramer.
This was not the only shocking aspect of Kramer’s surroundings.
“Forty mile per hour winds which drove the chill factor down to 10 to 15 below,” said Kramer.
It showed on the field when Green Bay struggled to score touchdowns and the Packers turned to Kramer’s right foot. He connected on three field goals.
“I aimed ten yards outside the goal post,” said Kramer, “And the wind just brought it right into the center of the goal post.”
Those field goals were the difference in the Packers 16-7 victory.
“The team voted me the game ball, the writers voted Nitschke the game Corvette, so that’s the life of a lineman, it all comes back,” said Kramer.