Former Vandal Jerry Kramer not selected for Hall vote

Former Vandal Jerry Kramer not selected for Hall vote »Play Video
The five-member senior NFL Hall of Fame selection committee did not pick former Idaho Vandal and Green Bay Packer Jerry Kramer for this year's NFL Hall of Fame ballot.

The committee narrowed a list of 15 - which included Kramer - down to two names on Wednesday, selecting defensive tackle Curley Culp and linebacker Dave Robinson. Ironically, Robinson and Kramer were teammates in Green Bay during the 1960s.

“It may seem strange to say that you can be very disappointed and enormously gratified at the same time, but that is my feeling today," Alicia Kramer said in a statement released through a publicist Wednesday.

The decision comes after nearly a year of public relations efforts from Kramer's daughter Alicia, who spearheaded a coast-to-coast effort to drum up support for her father from current hall of fame members and other prominent citizens.

The major public relations push likely ended with Wednesday's vote, a member of Kramer's PR firm. However, Jerry Kramer remains eligible to be placed on the hall of fame ballot, and the more than three dozen letters of support from current hall of fame players will likely be sent back to the senior selection committee yearly.

"Dozens of Hall of Famers endorsed his nomination and they know, as so many of us know, that he belongs in the Hall. We’ll never stop believing that. Thanks to all who helped and hoped. It is a good cause.”

Culp played for the Chiefs, Oilers and Lions during a career in which he was a five-time pro bowl selection and one-time AFL all-star game selection.

Robinson spent his career at linebacker with the Redskins and Packers. He was a three-time Pro Bowler and won two Super Bowl titles with the Packers. Robinson is a member of the NFL's 1960s all-decade team.

The full text of Alicia Kramer's statement is below:

“It may seem strange to say that you can be very disappointed and enormously gratified at the same time, but that is my feeling today. Disappointed, of course, that my Dad was not nominated by the Senior Selection Committee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but at the same time enormously gratified by the coast-to-coast show of support, respect, even love that people have shown him.

I know my Dad will simply say – thanks for all the support and love. He’s very pleased for the guys who have been nominated, especially his teammate Dave Robinson. If our efforts did nothing more than widen the circle of fans who know more about his career, it has been a success. Jerry Kramer loves being a Packer and a part of some of the greatest teams in the history of pro football and, who knows, his time may still come.

Dozens of Hall of Famers endorsed his nomination and they know, as so many of us know, that he belongs in the Hall. We’ll never stop believing that. Thanks to all who helped and hoped. It is a good cause.”