Hall of Fame got it right this time
To be quite frank with you, this was the second-straight Super Bowl I didn’t watch.
I have my reasons, which are best left untold here, but a couple of the lighter ones include and don’t get mad at me Patriot fans, but I’m really tired of New England being in the big show and if you’re a Dallas Cowboy fan, like me, it’s impossible to root for the Philadelphia Eagles. Just can’t do it, end of story.
But, Saturday night, when the 80 per centers, or those Pro Football Hall of Fame voters let their choices be known for the Class of 2018, I was happy to see that another player who gave the Cowboys a big heartache once upon a time, will now see his name inscribed alongside 14 of his teammates from the Vince Lombardi-era Green Bay Packers.
It’s been a long time coming, too long in fact, for Packer guard Jerry Kramer to wait on that phone call telling him he’s in. Ten times he was passed over and each time I would dig out my dog-eared copy of Instant Replay, his chronicle of the 1967 season and read right down to the part where he blocked Jethro Pugh to give Bart Starr just enough room to sneak in for the winning touchdown on a 13-below Sunday in Green Bay. That play in the Ice Bowl sent the Packers on to Super Bowl II and put the Cowboys on a frozen flight home.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m no Packer fan, not by a long shot, but I am a Jerry Kramer fan, maybe because I was an offensive lineman, too. He’s in the hall and I’m happy.
Another player that got the right call was Texan defensive end J.J. Watt, who earned the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award, for his Hurricane Harvey relief work.
Two great human beings got the calls they deserved…no Instant Replay needed.