Most professional athletes dream of being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Jerry Kramer was recently brought into the fold as an inductee!
Jerry Kramer was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this month. Kramer played football at the University of Idaho and was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of the 1958 NFL Draft. Kramer played his entire NFL career (1958-1968) with the Packers. He was an All-Pro on five occasions and named to the NFL All-Decade team in the 1960s. Jerry Kramer was the Green Bay Packers right guard in an era when the Packers were all about one thing: WINNING! Kramer played on five NFL Championship teams in seven years. Those Packer teams also won the first two Super Bowls. Vince Lombardi became the Packers Head Coach in Kramer’s second year, and the first thing that Lombardi changed were the players’ attitudes.
The Packers became one of the greatest teams in NFL History with their Championship run, and Jerry Kramer was one of several outstanding players on those teams. Kramer and the Packers were known for their “power sweep,” and Jerry was one of the “pulling guards.” Their motto was, “Run To Daylight.” Jerry Kramer “threw” one of the most important and well-publicized “blocks” in NFL History when he paved the way for Bart Starr to score the winning touchdown on a “quarterback sneak” in the “Ice Bowl.” (1967 NFL Championship Game).
Kramer, who also was a placekicker for the Packers, wrote several books. First and foremost was, “Instant Replay.” It was extraordinary to watch those Packer teams in the 1960s. I had so much respect for them because of their incredible determination which was a big reason for their success. Winning Championships is a lot more than having talented players. Jerry Kramer is a great man who overcame many injuries; some were football related; others were not. He has finally gotten something he has long deserved: enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
As recognition of his enshrinement, the southwest portion of the stadium at Lambeau Field unveiled his name to honor his career. Kramer had this to say about that unforgettable moment:
“I didn’t know if I was going to keel over or enjoy it. I ended up enjoying it,” Kramer deadpanned after his halftime ceremony of Sunday’s game between the Packers and Vikings. “It was a wonderful moment. The whole process was a wonderful event for me. It’s surreal is the best way to describe it, especially for a lineman. Linemen don’t do those kind of things. Rarely do they do those kind of things.”
His contribution to the Green Bay Packers success will be forever remembered. His ability to work well with a team to become successful is something that we can all admire. Sometimes, working with others toward a similar goal can be difficult. That’s why it’s so important to build a team that works harmoniously. Mark Brown talked about how important it is for a leader to bring their team together under specific requirements
1. Connect emotionally. Your team members need to know you truly care about them. It is easy to connect on the highs, but you must also connect at the lows.
2. Connect intellectually. Challenge them. Teach them. Listen to them.
3. Resolve conflicts quickly and effectively. Conflicts can spiral out of control if not addressed immediately. Understand individual views but build cohesive views.
4. Support the individual but align effort in favor of the team. Recognize individual efforts individually, recognize and reward team accomplishments in the team environment.
Use these skills to lean on your teammates and work together toward your end game goal!