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Erik Kramer
Jersey #(s)
12, 18
Born November 6, 1964 (1964-11-06) (age 45)
Encino, California
Career information
Year(s) 19871999
Undrafted in 1987
College North Carolina State
Professional teams
Career stats
TD-INT 92-79
Yards 15,337
QB Rating 76.6
Stats at [[]]
Career highlights and awards
  • No notable achievements

William Erik Kramer (born November 6, 1964 in Encino, California), is a former American football quarterback. He attended John Burroughs High School in Burbank, CA. After attending Los Angeles Pierce College and playing as their quarterback, Kramer transferred to North Carolina State University where he finished a successful college football career. He was not drafted by an NFL team, but did see action in 1987, when he played for the Atlanta Falcons as a replacement player during the NFL players strike. He would then spend some time in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders. Kramer would return to the NFL in 1991, when he became a surprise starter for the Detroit Lions after injuries sidelined Rodney Peete. Kramer played in 13 games, led the Lions to a 12-4 record, their first playoff victory since the 1950s, and a trip to the NFC Championship Game.

Kramer's nickname in Detroit was "Brass", a media-friendly redaction of "Brass Balls". The moniker apparently originated after Kramer called an audible on his first series as Lions' quarterback, having just replaced the injured Rodney Peete. One Lions' offensive lineman turned to another and said, "This guy's got brass balls." Kramer proved to be quite successful as a signal-caller in 1991 and the nickname stuck.

Kramer was not able to keep his starting job for the next three years, however, sharing duties with Peete and Andre Ware. In 1994, he signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bears, and spent the next five years with the club, starting for most of 1995 and 1997, passing for over 3,000 yards in each of those seasons. Kramer's NFL career ended in 1999 after six games with the San Diego Chargers. He finished his 13 NFL seasons with 1,317 completions for 15,337 yards and 92 touchdowns, with 79 interceptions. He also gained 217 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns on the ground.

Kramer holds the Bears' record for highest career passer rating (80.7), and owns their single-season records for attempts, completions, touchdowns and passing yards. [1]

Currently, he is working for FSN Detroit, where he covers one of his former teams, the Detroit Lions, as an in studio analyst. He is also working as color commentator on Bears preseason games.

Erik writes a personal blog for [2] at [3], where he discusses current events in the NFL and his former career and picks NFL games against the spread.

An actor portraying Kramer appeared in an episode of Married With Children, during which the series' protagonist, Al Bundy, sells his soul in order to lead the Bears to the Super Bowl.


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