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Hucks: Docs Saved NFL Star’s Career

If it weren’t for the work of three doctors way back when, Jerry Kramer might not have become a star for the Idaho Vandals and Green Bay Packers. Nor would he have received his first game ball without playing a down during his junior year at Sandpoint High. I discovered how Kramer almost missed his sterling career as a pro footballer by picking up a garage sale special in Hayden recently – Kramer’s 1969 book, “Farewell to Football.” For $1, hardbound. Among other things (including his start in football at Farmin Elementary), Kramer describes how he was laid up when he was awarded the game ball following Sandpoint’s 45-0 victory over Bonners Ferry. Seems he’d nearly blown his arm off with his grandpa’s double-barrel, 10-gauge shotgun while duck hunting with Bulldog running back George Kom four days before. Kramer’d used the wrong end of the gun to poke a ball of moss into the water from his perch on a two-story-high rock/DFO, Huckleberries, SR Handle Extra. More here.

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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