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Tommy Kramer
No. 9     
Personal information
Date of birth: March 7, 1955 (1955-03-07) (age 54)
Place of birth: San Antonio, Texas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
College: Rice
NFL Draft: 1977 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
Debuted in 1977 for the Minnesota Vikings
Last played in 1990 for the New Orleans Saints
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Thomas Francis Kramer (born March 7, 1955 in San Antonio, Texas) is an American former professional football player who was a quarterback in the NFL from 1977-1990.

Kramer graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in San Antonio where he guided the Volunteers to a 28-27 1971 UIL 4A State title over Wichita Falls. He played collegiately at Rice University and was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round (27th overall) of the 1977 NFL Draft after being named MVP of the 1977 Senior Bowl.

NFL career

Kramer became the starting quarterback for the Vikings before the 1979 NFL season after Fran Tarkenton retired. He was drafted by the Vikings to be the heir apparent to Tarkenton. He earned the nickname "Two Minute Tommy" for many late game come-from-behind victories. He demonstrated this on December 14, 1980, leading the Vikings to a striking comeback over the Cleveland Browns. With 6 seconds left, he threw a Hail Mary pass to Ahmad Rashad, who was clustered in a group of Browns defenders, yet managed to catch the ball and land in the end zone. This memorable pass earned the Vikings a playoff berth. Throughout his career with the Vikings, Kramer suffered on the field injuries, resulting in many missed games for the team during the mid 1980s. He was selected to the Pro Bowl following the 1986 season, in which he was the highest rated quarterback in the NFL. Kramer was the first NFL quarterback to throw for over 450 yards in a game twice, and he once threw six touchdowns in a single game versus the Green Bay Packers. He was released by the Vikings after the 1989 season and was signed by the New Orleans Saints in 1990. He appeared in only one game for the Saints (ironically, against the Vikings) and retired after the 1990 season. He also has 2 daughters named Natalie Kramer and Cassandra Kramer.

Preceded by
Fran Tarkenton
Minnesota Vikings Starting Quarterback
Succeeded by
Wade Wilson
Preceded by
Wade Wilson
Minnesota Vikings Starting Quarterback
Succeeded by
Wade Wilson
Preceded by
John Stallworth(1)
NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award
(Co-Award winner Joe Montana)
Succeeded by
Charles White
Notes and references
1. The NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award was not awarded in 1985. Stallworth is the 1984 award winner.

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