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Ronald J. Kramer (born June 24, 1935 in Girard, Kansas) is a former American
football player for the University of Michigan and in
the National Football League.
Kramer began his sports career playing for East Detroit High
School in Eastpointe, Michigan.
In the tradition of Michigan athletes, Ron Kramer is considered
to be ranked among the best. A three-sport athlete (football, basketball and track), Kramer led both the football and basketball teams in
scoring for two years. Altogether, Kramer won a total of nine
varsity letters in his three sports - the maximum number possible,
as freshmen did not have athletic eligibility at the time.
Kramer's credits include two consensus football All-American
selections (1955-56), the retirement of his jersey number (87) by
the Wolverines following his senior season (one of only five
numbers in school history to be retired), and the selection as the
basketball team's most valuable player in each of his three
seasons. As basketball team captain, he was third-team All-Big Ten
in 1957 after being second-team All-Big Ten in both 1955 and
During his junior year, he averaged 20.4 points per game over a 22
game season and is a member of the career 1000-point club.
In the NFL, Kramer played 10 seasons (1957,1959-1967) - the
first seven with the Green Bay Packers and three with the
Kramer was elected into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in
1971. In 1981, he was named as a recipient of the NCAA's Silver
Anniversary Award in recognition of significant professional and
civic contributions spanning 25 years after completion of his
Oosterbaan, Kramer's football coach at Michigan, described his
blocking and tackling ability as the most valuable asset to the
Michigan squad. Oosterbaan said this of his star player:
"To top off his marvelous physical gifts of size and speed and
strength, plus an uncanny coordination, Kramer was one of the
fiercest competitors I've ever seen. Nothing was impossible for him
- the impossible was only a challenge."
In 1999, Sports Illustrated published a list
of "The 50 Greatest Sports Figures From Michigan" (in all sports),
and ranked Kramer seventh on the list behind Joe Louis, Magic Johnson, Charlie
Gehringer, Bennie Oosterbaan, Hal Newhouser, and
DeBusschere. "The 50 Greatest Sports Figures From Michigan," Sports
Illustrated, December 27, 1999. He was ranked ahead of many
legendary Michigan Wolverines
football figures, including Fielding Yost (#9), Rick
Leach (#22), Fritz Crisler (#31), and Harry
- ^ 2007-08 Men's Basketball Media
Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 147.
- ^ Michigan Basketball 2007-08 (media