Kramer: Felt a lot of pressure to make 'The Block' work

Kramer: Felt a lot of pressure to make 'The Block' work

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Kramer: Felt a lot of pressure to make 'The Block' work

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 15, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 15 at 6:10 PM

SANDPOINT, Idaho -- The Hall of Fame campaign for Sandpoint's Jerry Kramer celebrates the greatest block in football history.  It helped the Green Bay Packers defeat the Dallas Cowboys in the "Ice Bowl".  The play is the centerpiece of the campaign to get Kramer into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Kramer, playing right guard, threw a block against the Cowboys' Jethro Pugh that quarterback Bart Starr followed into the end zone from the goal line to give the Packers the win.

But Kramer recalls a great deal of pressure on the block because he had suggested it one morning in short yardage films.  He noticed that Jethro Pugh was higher and would go up instead of submarining.  Kramer says he felt a great responsibility to his teammates that his suggestion should work.

"My main feeling after the block was relief, not elation," recalled Kramer.

For the last 43 years, people everywhere have congratulated him on the greatest block ever thrown.

"I'm walking down the street in San Francisco three or four years later and someone stops and rolls down the window and says, 'Great block Jerry, great block!'" remembers Kramer.

Kramer grew up in Sandpoint, Idaho and was a star football player for the University of Idaho.

He played right guard for the Green Bay Packers from 1958-1968, making All-Pro five times and leading the Packers to five championships and the first two Super Bowl victories.

Leave your comment to join in the Hall of Fame Campaign for Jerry Kramer.  We will continue this campaign through January until the voters make their decision.

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