|9 Tommy Kramer
Will become the seventh Rice football player to be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame on December 4 in New York . Kramer led Rice in passing for four straight years and his career and season marks were the standard at Rice for over 30 years until they were shattered by Chase Clement, another San Antonio signal caller. Kramer left Rice with school records in single-season passing yards, career passing yards (6,197), season total offense (3,272), career total offense (6,336), season touchdown passes (21), career touchdown passes (37), season total touchdowns (25) and career total touchdowns (48). He was the 1976 George Martin Award winner as Rice's MVP in 1976. He was elected to the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984 and to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.
Prospered under Homer Rice's inovated passing attack as a senior... Earned consensus All America honors and finished fifth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1976 after leading the nation in passing (3,317) and total offense (3,272), the second-best totals in NCAA history at that time. The leader of the "Rice Air Corps" as they were known, Kramer was the first player in Southwest Conference history to top 3,000 yards in total offense and he set SWC single-season records for attempts (501), completions (269) and touchdown passes (21) and total plays (562) in addition to his passing and total offense marks. He also recorded four of the top eight passing games in conference history in 1976... Despite Rice's 3-8 record, Kramer was the consensus choice for All America honors as a senior, joining John Elway as the only quarterbacks since 1970 to be honored while playing for teams with a losing record... Selected to play in the Senior Bowl and the Blue-Gray Game in 1976 and was named MVP of the Senior Bowl. He also received the Fort Worth Kiwanis Sportsmanship Award in 1976.
Led the Southwest Conference in passing and total offense... Was intercepted 16 times, but nine came in the last two games when he was playing with a split thumb on his throwning hand.
First year as opening game starter.
Made his starting debut as a true freshman against eventual National Champion Notre Dame and fellow 2012 Hall of Famer Dave Casper at Rice Stadium on October 13... Finished fourth in the SWC with 705 yards passing, despite missing several games because of injuries.
Lee High School
All-State selection for coach John Ferrara while leading Lee to a 27-1-1 record over the 1971 and 1972 seasons.. Threw for 257 yards and three touchdown passes while leading San Antonio Lee to a 28-27 thriller over Wichita Falls in the 1971 4A state championship game, which was the first high school game played at the Dallas Cowboys Texas Stadium... Led Lee back to the playoffs as a senior, falling to Baytown Sterling 21-20 in the 1972 state semifinals.
Selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the 27th pick of the first round of the 1977 NFL Draft and went on to play 14 seasons in the NFL, throwing for nearly 25,000 yards. He was selected to the 1986 Pro Bowl.
College Football Hall of Fame
Kramer is joined as 2012 inductees by the following players: Charles Alexander, LSU tailback (1975-78); Otis Armstrong, Purdue halfback (1970-72); Steve Bartkowski, Cal quarterback (1972-74); Hal Bedsole, USC split end (1961-63); Dave Casper, Notre Dame tight end (1971-73); Ty Detmer, BYU quarterback (1988-91); Art Monk, Syracuse wide receiver (1976-79); Greg Myers, Colorado State defensive back (1992-95); Jonathan Ogden, UCLA offensive tackle (1992-95); Gabe Rivera, Texas Tech defensive tackle (1979-82); Mark Simoneau, Kansas State linebacker (1996-99); Scott Thomas, Air Force safety (1982-85) and John Wooten, Colorado offensive guard (1956-58).