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JERRY KRAMER: OVERCOMING


From the age of 5 Jerry was the victim of a series of strange and agonizing accidents. While holding an axe overhead, it slipped and cut a cleft into his chin. While a sophomore in high school, he backed into an electric lathe. When he was 17, he had an accident with a double-barreled shotgun. Both barrels went off, and their load smashed into his right forearm. He chipped a vertebra in his neck and had to have an operation. He suffered a detached retina. He broke his ankle. A non-malignant growth the size of a grapefruit was removed from near his stomach. Holes developed in his intestines caused by a four-inch sliver of wood which had been in him for 12 years. His name is Jerry Kramer. He overcame all of these adversities to play offensive tackle on the Green Bay Packers football team. He was on the 1965 team that won the NFL title, and on the team that won the historic first super bowl game the next year!

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