Coach Akey throws support behind Kramer Hall of Fame Campaign



Posted on October 26, 2010 at 5:41 PM

MOSCOW, ID. -- Idaho Head Football Coach Robb Akey is adding his well-known voice to the call to put NFL legend Jerry Kramer in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

"Ever since I was a little fella, I knew about Jerry Kramer," said Akey. "I think Jerry Kramer is Idaho football."

Before he became the symbol of Vandal football, Sandpoint High School graduate Jerry Kramer had to figure out where he wanted to play in college.

"We had the University of Idaho coach come up to Sandpoint and talk to some of the seniors," said Kramer. "He came down and patted me on the head and said, 'You're the kind of boy we'd like to see at the University.' So that was a huge moment for me and started me thinking of the possibility of going on to college."

Kramer committed to Idaho and became a standout guard and linebacker, even though his teams weren't always outstanding.

"We had 14 or 15 guys who could play and we had another 14 or 15 that knew the plays and could execute them. Then we had another 14 or 15 guys that looked good warming up," recalled Kramer.

While at Idaho, Kramer hardly noticed he may be the standout star on the team.

"We had a line coach from Ohio State named Don Schwartz.  He was perturbed at me one day and wasn't very excited about what I was doing. He said, 'Kramer, you wouldn't make a pimple on a Big 10 guard's butt,'" said Kramer. "I giggled a little and didn't pay a whole lot of attention. I was having fun. Football was fun for me."

Then football went from fun to something that he thought he could make a living at. 

"I played in the Senior Bowl, the Shrine Game and the College All-Star game. I got to start in all three games. I got a glimpse of the talent nationwide. And I kind of felt that I could find me a spot in there somewhere," said Kramer.

"He's a legend and certainly in my opinion very deserving of being in the Hall of Fame," said Akey. "Put him in! He deserves it. He's the best."