September 11, 2010

Ronald John (Ron) Kramer

September 11, 2010
U of M Football
Player (1953 - 1957)
College Football Hall of Fame
U of M Athletic Hall of Honor
Number "87" retired by the U of M
Detroit Lions Football Player (1965 - 1967)
Green Bay Packers Player (1957, 1959 – 1964)
NFL All-time 50th Anniversary Team
2x NFL Champion

Ronald John “Ron” Kramer

University of Michigan Football Player (1953 – 1957)
Green Bay Packers Player (1957, 1959 – 1964)
Detroit Lions Player (1965 – 1967)

Ron Kramer was born in Girard, Kansas and moved to East Detroit at age five. He attended East Detroit High School where he was an all-state athlete in football, basketball and track. He went on to attend the University of Michigan winning nine varsity letters in football, basketball and track. Kramer was a two-way player at end and handled kicking and punting duties for the Wolverines football team and led both the football and basketball team in scoring his last two years while earning All-American honors in both his junior and senior seasons. Kramer was selected with the number 4 overall pick in the 1957 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. He spent his first seven seasons with the Packers helping them win two NFL Championships, he was an All-Pro and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1962. He went on to play his final three seasons with the Detroit Lions. He was named to the NFL 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. Ron Kramer had his number 87 retired by the University of Michigan, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986, was inducted into the inaugural class of the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor in 1978 and was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1971. He passed away on September 11, 2010 at 75 years of age.