Last week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer Jerry Kramer and author Bob Fox. The two men recently collaborated on Run to Win, Jerry's latest book.
A native of Montana, Jerry starred at the University of Idaho, before being selected by the Green Bay Packers in the 4th round of the 1958 NFL draft. Jerry went on to play guard for 11 seasons with the Packers. He also kicked for several seasons.
Jerry played 130 games in his career, racking up quite a few awards and accolades. Among them, he made three Pro Bowls, five All Pro teams, the Pro Football Hall of Fame team All-1960s Team and more, culminating in his 2018 induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Run to Win isn't Jerry's first book. He has written a few, starting with Instant Replay in 1968.That book focuses on the 1967 season, including the famous Ice Bowl, a game Green Bay won with one iconic block by Jerry. Instant Replay was one of the first sports books I ever read and remains one of my favorites.
Now, Run to Win is joining that book as one of my favorites. Jerry and Bob did a fantastic job in telling more of Jerry's story. Also included are fantastic pictures.
Jerry and Bob talked about the book in our interview, but mostly Jerry told some great football stories. It is those kind of stories you will find in the book. Jerry is a legitimate NFL legend.
Of course, I had to ask Jerry about Ray Nitschke and Dick Butkus. Jerry had a great answer. At 87, Jerry is as sharp as ever.
This was such a thrill for me. Not only is he an HOFer, he is a Green Bay legend. As a Chicagoan, there is no better rivalry in all sports than Chicago versus Green Bay. I will always love my Bears, but I respect the Packers immensely, especially men like Jerry.
The video is at On the Beat With Jerry Kramer and Bob Fox. Look for Run to Win at any major book retailer.