How the Packers Jerry Kramer Taught Me to Read
I owe Jerry Kramer a debt of gratitude. As he prepares for enshrinement at the Pro Football Hall of Fame he’s being honored by Idaho Legislators.
The first time a book longer than Golden Books held my rapt attention
Kramer isn’t native to the Gem State but he came here when he was 4-years-old. His gift as a storyteller was displayed in his books about football, growing up and then reminiscing about his playing days.
As a boy I lived in a small town. TV reception was limited and winter was cold and long. The town library had a fireplace and on nights when the thermometer often was in single digits or below zero the library was an escape from the humdrum of home.
As a boy I also loved football more than anything but family. I’d go through the stacks at the library and one evening a book caught my attention. A ballplayer, seated on a bench, his helmet cocked on his head. Instant Replay was the title. I walked into the room and started reading next to the fire. The first time a book longer than Golden Books held my rapt attention. I checked it out, went home and read it in a matter of days. Then I renewed it and read it a second time. You could say Jerry Kramer taught me how to read. I owe the man a love of books.