MOSCOW, Idaho – Two months ago KREM 2 and the University of Idaho started a campaign to get NFL legend and Sandpoint native Jerry Kramer inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
This week Kramer had a chance to reflect on the two month campaign when he arrived at the Moscow-Pullman airport in a special University of Idaho airplane as one of the University’s honored alums.
"You're not in the Hall of Fame, but everyone thinks you should be and that's pretty good," said Kramer.
He's a member of the Idaho Hall of Fame, but despite being named one of the top 50 players in the NFL’s first 50 years as a Green Bay Packer, he's not a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
That's something he struggled explaining to people over the years.
"I quit telling people,” said Kramer. “After a while it got a little uncomfortable. I'm not in. How come? Why not? So I just quit telling people I wasn't in and let it slide."
So KREM 2 joined the University of Idaho and the Bonner County Daily Bee in Sandpoint to start the Jerry Kramer Hall of Fame Campaign to get him inducted next year.
"I don't know of anybody that's accomplished as much as Jerry in his career,” said Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear. “Not only on the field, but off the field."
The campaign asks people to leave their comments of support for Kramer on the special Jerry Kramer pages on KREM.com and Facebook.
KREM 2 will then send those hundreds of comments to the Hall of Fame voters before they vote the day before the Super Bowl.
Kramer has appreciated the support.
"My daughter, Alicia, has gotten on Facebook and sent out a billion notes to Facebookers and Twitterers and everyone else,” said Kramer. “She's had a lot of fun with it. She's exchanging pictures and communicating with anyone we're ever known or lived next to or been in the same state with."
All of this has Kramer on the ride of his life.
"I'm just a little bit overwhelmed by it,” said Kramer. “I'm humbled by it."
If you want to meet Kramer in person, you have a chance next Saturday at Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights, WA at the Jerry Kramer Klassic. He's holding an autograph session at 4 p.m. on November 20th. That's followed by a celebrity poker tournament to benefit the Sandpoint Daybreak Center for Alzheimer's Patients. For more information on the tournament click here.