Greenbay, Wis. (WBAY) – Sunday’s halftime ceremony at Lambeau Field was a special one. Former Packers guard and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Jerry Kramer was honored. Kramer’s name now displayed inside Lambeau Field alongside other Packer legends, all who are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Kramer says seeing his name unveiled was like a kick to the stomach, the good kind of course.
“I mean it was a physical reaction, it wasn’t a mental reaction, it was a physical thing and I wondered if I would faint or going to fall over or what I was going to do,” said Kramer.
Kramer also received his Pro Football Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence during the ceremony, something he’s waited more than four decades to get into.
“The Pro Football Hall of Fame is here today to celebrate the excellence of one of the greatest Green Bay Packers and one of the greatest football players of all time, Hall of Famer Jerry Kramer,” said David Baker, president of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The crowd heard cheering the entirety of the ceremony, going wild for the former Vince Lombardi Era player. Kramer’s accomplishments include five NFL Championships, five first team All-Pro selections and the lone guard picked for the NFL’s 50th Anniversary Team.
“Congratulations on a well-deserved honor, you waited 45 years, but you finally got it,” said Green Bay Packers president, Mark Murphy.
Even after being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame at the age of 82 and then having his name unveiled in Lambeau Field during Sunday’s halftime ceremony, Jerry Kramer says he hopes his football legacy will continue.
Kramer, already planning for his future after Sunday.
“It certainly is the end to a journey, but I’m not sure the journey’s over. I got a movie in me that I’d like to get out and I’ve started scratching on that a little bit, and I’ve got some other interest in the medical world,” said the Packers legend.
Kramer says he’s interested in learning more about chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE, a brain disease found in athletes and military veterans.
Kramer’s family was by his side during the halftime ceremony, his daughter Alicia was seen struggling to hold back tears.
“Cheering and standing up and applauding and that whole thing, it just, you don’t imagine that. That’s above and beyond your imagination, but it was absolutely wonderful and it just made you feel really good,” said Kramer.