Stampede Backing Kramer for Hall-Of-FameJune 26, 2012 - NBA Development League (D-League) Idaho Stampede
Kramer has the backing of the entire Stampede organization, namely, the team's owners, including Alan Bermensolo, Gary Hunter, Gary Michael and Skip Smyser. Michael was the school's interim President from 2003-04, while Hunter was the Athletic Director there from 1988 to 1992; Bermensolo graduated from the University in 1976. Kramer has helped past political campaigns of Smyser.
"Jerry's accomplishments on the field with the Green Bay Packers were remarkable, but his support of the game of football in general, and particularly at the University of Idaho, are beyond measure," said Stampede owner and former Athletic Director at the University of Idaho, Gary Hunter. "Nothing would make me happier than to see him enter the Hall of Fame."
"Jerry Kramer not only belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his exploits on the field, he belongs because of the integrity he brings to the game wherever he goes," said Stampede owner and life-long Idaho resident Skip Smyser.
Kramer played for 10 years in the NFL, accumulating two Super Bowl titles, five NFL championships and numerous All-Pro selections. Kramer was named to the 50th Anniversary team and was selected for the NFL 1960s All-Decade team - Kramer is the only member of the 50th Anniversary team to not be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Making his name as an offensive lineman, Kramer also kicked the winning field goal in the 1962 NFL Championship game and made a key block on the game-winning touchdown during 1967 NFL Championship game, commonly referred to as the "Ice Bowl."
The Stampede organization asks its fans, season ticket holders and corporate partners to help get Kramer to the Hall of Fame, a deserved honor for the football star.
Stampede season ticket holders, fans and corporate partners, along with all Idahoans, are asked to nominate Kramer by writing a letter or sending a postcard to the following address: Pro Football Hall of Fame, Attn: Nominations, 2121 George Halas Drive N.W., Canton OH 44708.
Kramer's family along with Gallatin Public Affairs, the University of Idaho and Boise State University have combined to promote the cause, with key Idahoans and current Hall of Fame members endorsing Kramer:
United States Senator, Mike Crapo (Idaho)
United States Senator, Jim Risch (Idaho)
Idaho Governor, Butch Otter
Former Idaho Governor, Cecil Andrus
Boise Mayor, Dave Bieter
Frank Gifford, Hall of Fame member
Roger Staubach, Hall of Fame member
Bob Lilly, Hall of Fame member
Larry Csonka, Hall of Fame member
Joe Gibbs, Hall of Fame member
Alex Karras, Hall of Fame member
Doug Atkins, Hall of Fame member
Chuck Bednarik, Hall of Fame member
Alan Page, Hall of Fame member
Joe Schmidt, Hall of Fame member
Bob St. Clair, Hall of Fame member
Paul Hornung, Hall of Fame member
Gino Marchetti, Hall of Fame member
John Mackey, Hall of Fame member
Raymond Berry, Hall of Fame member
Willie Davis, Hall of Fame member
Dan Dierdorf, Hall of Fame member
Joe Gibbs, Hall of Fame member
Jan Stenerud, Hall of Fame member
Fred Dean, Hall of Fame member
Mel Renfro, Hall of Fame member
Mike Ditka, Hall of Fame member
Chris Hanburger, Hall of Fame member
Jim Otto, Hall of Fame member
Charley Trippi, Hall of Fame member
Warren Moon, Hall of Fame member
NBA Development League Stories from June 26, 2012
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