Offensive lineman Jerry Kramer and linebacker Robert Brazile have been selected as senior finalists for the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame class.
Kramer and Brazile were selected by the senior committee Thursday. A senior nominee must be at least 25 years removed from the end of their professional career. They need at least 80 percent of the vote by the Hall of Fame selection committee for induction.
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Kramer was selected by the Green Bay Packers with the 39th overall pick in the 1958 NFL Draft. He played his entire career with the Packers: earning three Pro Bowl selections (1962, 1963, 1967), five First-team All-Pro selections (1960, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1967), and a Second-team All-Pro in 1968.
He helped the Packers win five NFL Championships (1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967) and Super Bowls I and II. Kramer is best remembered for making the block that helped quarterback Bart Starr find the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown in the 1967 NFL Championship Game, known to NFL fans as the Ice Bowl.
Kramer, who was named to the NFL 1960s All-Decade Team, has long been considered the best player not in the Hall of Fame. He appeared on the ballot 11 previous times, the most of any player not enshrined in Canton. Kramer’s name will be on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time in 20 years. He is the only member of the NFL 50th Anniversary team who hasn’t been inducted.
Brazile, nicknamed Dr. Doom, was selected by the Houston Oilers with the sixth overall pick in the 1975 NFL Draft. He played his entire career with the Oilers. Brazile was the 1975 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection (1976-82), a five-time First-team All-Pro (1976-80), a Second-team All-Pro in 1981, and named to the NFL 1970s All-Decade Team.
Brazile was credited with 11 sacks in his career but unofficially had 48 (sacks didn’t become an official stat until 1982). His 1,281 tackles are the second-highest Oilers/Titans franchise history.
The 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame induction class will be announced in Minneapolis Feb. 3, the night before Super Bowl LII.