GREEN BAY — When legendary Lombardi-era guard Jerry Kramer finally entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018, his enshrinement gave the Green Bay Packers 25 inductees in the NFL’s gold-jacketed exclusive club.

Kramer, who was 82 at the time of his selection as a seniors committee nominee, had been a finalist 10 times before, but the significant number of Lombardi-era Packers already in the Hall was among the issues that worked against him.

Kramer became the 12th player from the Packers’ 1960s teams to be chosen for the Hall, joining former Packers teammates Bart Starr, Jim Taylor, Forrest Gregg, Ray Nitschke, Herb Adderley, Willie Davis, Jim Ringo, Paul Hornung, Henry Jordan, Willie Wood and Dave Robinson, who was elected as a seniors committee candidate in 2013. Kramer also became the fourth former Packer to enter Canton in a six-year span, joining Robinson, general manager Ron Wolf (2015) and quarterback Brett Favre (2016).

To think about a franchise having that many Pro Football Hall of Famers — and then realizing that the Packers’ storied 100-year history includes a plethora of other greats who weren’t quite Canton-worthy but became legends in Titletown — is mind-boggling.

In turn, narrowing that field — the Packers Hall of Fame, for the record, has 162 members following retired general manager Ted Thompson’s induction in May — into one player for each decade seems like a fool’s errand. Nevertheless, in honor of the Packers’ 100th anniversary on Aug. 11, Jason Wilde gave it a shot.

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