Long before the rise of the spread offense Tommy Kramer was lighting up opposing defenses as one of the greatest passers in Texas football history. The San Antonio native 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. During his senior season at Rice University Kramer led the nation in passing, was a consensus All-America and SWC selection and finished 5th in Heisman Trophy voting. Kramer finished his remarkable career at Rice by setting school records for yards in a season (3,317 in 1976) and career passing yards with 6,197. Kramer was also named MVP of the 1977 Senior Bowl. Known for his late game heroics, "Two-Minute Tommy" continued his aerial magic as the quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings from 1977-1989. Although injuries hampered his professional career, Kramer became the first player in NFL history to throw for over 450 yards on two different occasions. In 1986 he won the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year Award when he was the league's highest rated passer and earned a trip to the Pro Bowl. Kramer's career numbers total 24,777 passing yards and 159 touchdown passes. Kramer is a member of the TSHOF Class of 2009.

Tommy Kramer

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