Rice University Owls football player Tommy Kramer
Black and white photograph of Rice University Owls football player Tommy Kramer, headlining his achievement into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: He was born March 7, 1955, the 11th child of Colonel and Mrs. John Kramer of San Antonio. He was named Thomas Francis Kramer. New he is one of the most famous “Names” as Tommy Kramer in all pro football. You have seen him often in NFL action on national TV for the Minnesota Vikings. He is decidedly on of the most “visible” athletes in the USA. Around the Rice campus, though, he still is known as “TK” among his old friends among faculty and staff and alumni when he was the brilliant consensus Owl All-American quarterback of 1976. “TK” has had incredible success in the pro ranks for his 8 seasons as a Viking, and his legion of Rice and all SWC fans wish him well for an ’84 comeback after a torn ligament in his right knee in only the third game of the 1983 season. He has a bushel of records with the Vikings. Prior to his Rice days, Kramer was a “super blue chip” college prospect out of an excellent program at San Antonio Lee under Coach John Ferrara. He won all the honors out of Lee HS as a schoolboy All-American and all-state, as well as “Texas High School Player of the Year” of 1972. He also made the National Honor Society, and then did quite well with the books at Rice. Kramer was the epitome of confidence and inspirational leadership as an Owl, and became a starter early in his freshman year when he made his starter debut against Notre Dame at Rice Stadium in 1973 The ex-Owl makes his off-season home up in Minnesota, specifically in the Minneapolis-St. Paul suburb of Bloomington. He lives there with his lovely wife Carrie (a Minnesota girl) and his baby daughter Cassandra.
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