2010 Inductee

Eric Kramer

Eric Kramer

A successful professional quarterback, Erik Kramer has enjoyed an acclaimed career in the Canadian Football League and the National Football League. Prior to becoming an outstanding college quarterback, Erik excelled at Burroughs High School in Burbank before starring on the Pierce College football team.

Erik spent 1983 and 1984 as Pierce's starting quarterback. In 1984, he led the Pierce football team to their best-ever season with a 10-0 record and a berth in the prestigious Potato Bowl. After compiling impressive results at Pierce, he earned a scholarship to North Carolina State and transferred in 1985. In 1986, he was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the year. While at North Carolina State, Erik passed for 4,757 yards and 31 touchdowns in only two seasons, breaking eight school passing records in the process.

In 1988, he got his first taste of football north of the border, playing for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. In 1993, the NFL's Detroit Lions signed Erik, who made his first NFL start while setting a personal 76% completion with 257 yards and three touchdowns. That same season, he led the Lions to the NFC Central Division title and an appearance in the NFC Championship. Erik signed with the Chicago Bears in 1995, where he set the team's single-season records for attempts (522), completions (315), yards (3,838) and touchdowns (29), and was the only NFL quarterback to take every snap that season. In 1999, he signed a two-year contract with the San Diego Chargers. Erik has enjoyed seven 300-yard games in his professional career and is the top-rated passer in Chicago Bears history.

He finished his 13 NFL seasons with 1,317 completions for 15,337 yards and 92 touchdowns, with 79 interceptions. He also gained 217 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns on the ground. Kramer holds the Bears' record for highest career passer rating (80.7), and owns their single-season records for attempts, completions, touchdowns and passing yards.

Currently, he is working for FSN Detroit, where he covers one of his former teams, the Detroit Lions, as an in studio analyst. He is also working as color commentator on Bears preseason games. Erik writes a personal blog for www.playerpress.com at www.erikkramerpass.com, where he discusses current events in the NFL.