Tommy Kramer spent 13 of his 14 years in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings. The former quarterback knows all too well about the Vikings’ rivalry with the Green Bay Packers. Kramer, 65, has found a unique way to bring that longstanding rivalry into his new home.
Tommy Kramer is in the College Football Hall of Fame
At Robert E. Lee High School in San Antonio Texas, Tommy Kramer started as the varsity quarterback for two years. He went 26-1-1 in those two seasons and guided the Volunteers to a state championship in 1971. As a senior, he set what was then a state record by throwing for 2,588 yards.
Kramer remained in Texas for his college career, playing at Rice University. For four years, Kramer led the Owls in passing. In his senior year, he threw for a then-school-records of 3,317 yards and 21 touchdown passes. He was Rice’s MVP for the 1976 season and was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 1984.
In 1976, Kramer was named the MVP of the Senior Bowl. Kramer was fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting in his senior year. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012.
Kramer had a 14-year NFL career
Tommy Kramer was taken in the first round of the 1977 NFL draft. The Minnesota Vikings selected the 6-foot-2, 200-pound quarterback with the 27th overall pick. He spent the first 13 years of his 14-year NFL career with the Vikings.
Kramer had his first and only Pro Bowl season in 1986 when he threw for 3,000 yards and 24 touchdowns, guiding the Vikings to a 7-6 record in his 13 starts. Nicknamed ‘Two-Minute Tommy’ for his late-game heroics, Kramer’s most memorable comeback came against the Cleveland Browns in 1980. Kramer launched a ‘Hail Mary’ to wide receiver Ahmad Rashad with six seconds remaining. The play have lived on as ‘The Miracle at the Met.’
Kramer was the first quarterback to throw for better than 450 yards in a game twice during a season. He threw six touchdown passes in one game against the rival Green Bay Packers. Kramer appeared in one game for the New Orleans in 1990, one year after being released by the Vikings. He finished his career with 159 touchdown passes and 158 interceptions. His record was 54-56.
Kramer installs a Packers urinal in his home
According to TwinCities.com, Tommy Kramer has moved back to Minnesota after spending most of his 30 years of retirement back in his home state of Texas. He’s still rooting for the Vikings and continues to show his allegiance by installing a Green Bay Packers urinal in the man cave of the house he shares with his buddy and business associate Buddy Becker.
” It’s all green and gold — Green Bay Packers colors — and the “G” is the center point of it,” Kramer said. “The “G” is the bull’s-eye. Buddy got a hold of this guy out of New York and first, he did a Vikings vanity sink for us. Buddy’s girlfriend said, ‘Why not put a urinal in there so you don’t miss anything?’ Buddy called the guy who did the vanity the next day and asked, “Can you make a urinal?” He said, ‘Yeah.’ Buddy said, ‘We want you to make a Packer urinal.’ The guy said, ‘Sure.’ It will be ready for the start of the season. I’ll be the one to christen it.”
Kramer hosts a few fans to watch games with him each weekend. He’s posted Twitter photos of the man cave and the urinal. He’s even had former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon over for a weekend. Kramer spent 13 good years in Minnesota, playing for the Vikings. Today, it seems he’s still enjoying life back in the Twin Cities, living it up with the fans.