Former Flivvers QB backs Kramer for Hall
IRON MOUNTAIN — Green Bay Packers great Jerry Kramer has a backer for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in a former Flivvers quarterback,
Chuck Radloff and his grandson Finnegan had lunch with Kramer in Boise, Idaho, earlier this year.
Chuck said a “long, leisurely lunch” was a “wonderful experience.” Kramer, No. 64 in the offensive line for Vince Lombardi’s Packers, resides in Boise.
Kramer talked about Lombardi’s leadership qualities. The 1967 Ice Bowl was another topic where a Kramer block helped Bart Starr sneak in for the winning touchdown to beat the Cowboys.
“A highlight with Jerry was when he carefully, and in great detail, described every play called by Bart Starr in the final possession in the classic, historical Ice Bowl game, ironically 50 years ago,” Radloff said.
Radloff was a quarterback for Coach Dutch Cummings’ first team, the unbeaten Flivvers of 1944. He also quarterbacked the 1945 squad.
“Great days,” Radloff said of those years. “As a former Flivver, I was fortunate.”
Radloff was the starting North quarterback that beat a South team coached by Norway’s Alan Ronberg in the 1946 UP All-Star Game in Negaunee.
Radloff also offered congratulations to this year’s Flivvers winning the Great Northern Conference championship.
Chuck and his wife, the former Ede Dulan of Iron Mountain, reside in San Diego, Calif. They get to Boise a couple times a year to visit their two daughters.
A few years ago, Kramer’s daughter, Alicia, was soliciting support for her dad to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Radloff contacted her and joined in the effort.
That was how they connected. Unfortunately, Kramer did not make the cut that year.
During a visit earlier this year, Chuck sent a letter to Alicia Kramer requesting a few moments with her father. Chuck wanted his grandson, Finnegan, to shake the hand of a legend.
Jerry Kramer went further than that. He suggested lunch.
“The rest is history,” Radloff said. “We had over two hours together and Jerry Kramer was fantastic.
“He placed his arm around Finnegan’s shoulder and looking him in the eye recited Coach Lombardi edicts of ‘playing to win, never give up, second effort,’ and many more.”
Finnegan also got to wear Kramer’s Super Bowl ring.
“What an impact on a young, avid Green Bay Packer fan,” Radloff said.
Kramer is one of two senior committee finalists for the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018. The other is former Oilers linebacker Robert Brazile.
Considered by some one of the most glaring omissions from the Hall, noted senior writer Mike Spofford of Packers.com, Kramer was a senior finalist once before in 1997.
Prior to that, Kramer had been a modern-day finalist nine times between 1974 and 1987.
Kramer played in 130 regular-season games for the Packers from 1958 to 1968 and was a member of all five of Vince Lombardi’s championship teams in the 1960s.
Kramer was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1975.
Whether a player is a modern-day or senior finalist, he must receive 80 percent of the vote from the full selection committee, which makes its final choices on the weekend before the Super Bowl.
If Kramer were to be inducted next year, he would become Green Bay’s 25th individual in the Hall of Fame.
(Packers.com contributed to this story)