Vandal Legend Jerry Kramer Honored

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO GREAT Jerry Kramer (1955-58) will be honored this weekend by being inducted into the East-West Shrine Game Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2009. Kramer will be joined by Charley Taylor of Arizona State, Brad Van Pelt of Michigan State, and Doug Williams of Grambling. Kramer was an All-American at Idaho and a five time All-Pro with the Green Bay Packers.

#64 Jerry Kramer with Bart Starr at Green Bay
JERRY KRAMER (bio from official University of Idaho athletics website) - Idaho's first football All-American, Jerry Kramer played for the Vandals from 1955-58. He earned four football letters and a pair of track and field letters. Kramer co-captained the football team and acted as a guard and the team's kicker. As a junior he was a Second Team All-Pacific Coast Conference selection (forerunner to today's Pac-10 Conference), and Honorable Mention All-America in 1956. In 1957, he earned All-America honors and was selected in the fourth round of the 1958 NFL draft by the Green Bay Packers, which led to an 11-year NFL career that featured four NFL Championships and victories in Super Bowls I and II. As a thrower for the track and field team, Kramer also left Idaho with the school record in the shot put. Kramer's No. 64 jersey was retired at Idaho on January 23, 1963. His sons, Matt and Jordan, played for the Vandals.


The following is an official press release provided to the University of Idaho by the East-West Shrine Game.



THE BEST OF EAST AND WEST
2009 East-West Shrine Game Hall of Fame Class Announced

Houston, TX – Jack Hart, Executive Director of the East West Shrine Game, has announced the 2009 Hall of Fame Inductees for the 84th game which will take place Saturday, Jan.17 at the University of Houston's Robertson Stadium.

The football match up, which began in 1925, features many of the best college players in the nation divided by region, but coming together to raise money for Shriners Hospitals for Children, an international health care system of 22 hospitals across North America. It is also recognized as a prime scouting opportunity for NFL teams who are able to see many of the nation's best college seniors in action.

The Hall of Fame Class of 2009 consists of Jerry Kramer from Idaho, 33rd Game, 1957, Charley Taylor from Arizona State, 39th Game, 1963, Brad Van Pelt from Michigan State, 48th Game, 1972 and Doug Williams from Grambling, 53rd Game, 1977. The players are set to be honored at the Hall of Fame Induction ceremony this Friday, Jan. 16 at 6:30pm at the J.W. Marriott in Houston.

Jerry Kramer, former professional football player, author and sports commentator may be best remembered for his 11-year NFL offensive lineman career with the Green Bay Packers. As a 6'3", 250 lb. right guard, #64 was an integral part of the famous "Packer Sweep." Kramer was an All-Pro five times, and a member of the NFL's 50th anniversary team in 1969. Kramer participated in the 33rd East-West Shrine Game in 1957.

Charley Taylor played at Arizona State University as a halfback and defensive back and was selected as an All-American two years in a row in addition to being named to the All-Western Athletic Conference team. Taylor played wide receiver for the Washington Redskins, who during his tenure, reached the Super Bowl in 1973 (Super Bowl VII). Taylor was inducted into the Arizona State Sports Hall of Fame as a charter member in 1975 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1984. Charley was a member of the 39th East-West Shrine Game in 1963.

Brad Van Pelt is a 2-time All-American, a unanimous pick in 1972, in addition to winning the Maxwell trophy as the Nation's best player that same year, marking the first time a defensive back won the award. Also in 1972, he was named Chevrolet Defensive Player of the Year and Columbus Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Year. In his career, he had 14 interceptions, returning two of them for touchdowns. Van Pelt played 14 years with the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, and Oakland Raiders from 1973-86 and was All-Pro five times. Van Pelt was a member of the 48th game in 1972.

Doug Williams became the starting quarterback for Grambling just five games into his freshman year and led the Tigers to an 11-1 record and the first of three Southwestern Athletic Conference Championships during his four seasons as a starter. In 1977, he led the nation in touchdown passes and passing yards. He was named All-American quarterback by the Associated Press and was fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting in addition to being named the Black College Player of the Year twice. His career totals were NCAA records in passing yards, total offense yards, and touchdown passes. In 1978, he played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as their first round draft choice then moved on to Oklahoma Outlaws in the USFL before returning to the NFL with the Washington Redskins. He was named Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXII on January 30, 1988 as he led the Redskins to victory. In 1997, Williams returned to Grambling as head football coach, succeeding the legendary Eddie Robinson. His team went 10-2 in 2000, 11-1 in 2001, and won the championship of the Southwestern Athletic Conference both years. Williams was a member of the 53rd game in 1977.

For more information about the 2009 East-West Shrine Game Hall of Fame, visit shrinegame.com.




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