Erik Kramer

William Erik Kramer (born November 6, 1964) is an American former football quarterback. He attended John Burroughs High School in Burbank, California. After attending Los Angeles Pierce College and playing as their quarterback, Kramer transferred to North Carolina State University. He was not drafted by an NFL team, but did see action in 1987, when he played for the Atlanta Falcons as a replacement player during the NFL players strike. He would then spend some time in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders. Kramer would return to the NFL in 1991, when he became a surprise starter for the Detroit Lions after injuries sidelined Rodney Peete. Kramer played in 13 games, led the Lions to a 12–4 record, their first playoff victory since 1962, and a trip to the NFC Championship Game.

Erik Kramer
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Personal information
Born:November 6, 1964 (age 54)
Encino, California
Career information
High school:Burbank (CA) Burroughs
College:NC State
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Passer rating:76.6
Player stats at

College career

Kramer played quarterback at Pierce Junior College, but became interested in transferring to NC State when the school won the national basketball title.[1] He played two season for the NC State, starting all 11 games both seasons. His 1985 junior season he compiled just a 3–8 record, though he led the ACC in completions (189), attempts (339), and passing yards (2,510). His senior year, despite slightly less offensive output (145–227 for 2,092 yards), saw the team improve to 8–3–1. This included a dramatic Hail Mary game-winning pass to defeat South Carolina in game 8 to take them to their highest ranking of the season at 15th.[2] On the season, Kramer had 14 passing touchdowns and ran for five more, and was named ACC Player of the Year.[3] Though NC State lost the 1986 Peach Bowl by one point to Virginia Tech, Kramer was still named player of the game.

Professional career

Kramer signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 1987, appearing in three games as one of five quarterbacks to start for the Falcons that season. In the last of these, he set four franchise rookie records with 27 completions on 46 attempts for 335 yards and three touchdowns.[4]

After three years in the Canadian Football League, he returned to the NFL as a some-time starter for the Detroit Lions in 1991, compiling a 10–5 record over three seasons. Kramer's nickname in Detroit was "Brass", a media-friendly redaction of "brass balls". The moniker apparently originated after Kramer called an audible on his first series as Lions' quarterback, having just replaced the injured Rodney Peete. One Lions' offensive lineman turned to another and said, "This guy's got brass balls." Kramer proved to be quite successful as a signal-caller in 1991 and the nickname stuck. His other nickname was "Cosmo", which was due to him having the same last name as the character Cosmo Kramer from the popular TV show, Seinfeld. He shared QB duties with Peete and Andre Ware. In the 1991 playoffs, he led the team to a 38–6 drubbing of the Dallas Cowboys, on a franchise postseason record 29 completions for 341 yards and three touchdowns. He also had the team's only touchdown in a loss to the Washington Redskins in the championship game. He remains the franchise leader in postseason completions (50), attempts (71), yards (590), and sacks (5) in a single season.[5] Combined with a loss in the 1993 postseason, he holds the career franchise postseason records for touchdowns (5 with Tobin Rote), passer rating (99.2), sacks (9), and yards per attempt (8.2) as well.[6]

In 1994, he signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bears, and spent the next five years with the club. In his two full seasons as a starter (1995 and 1997), he was highly productive and passed for over 3,000 yards. Kramer currently holds the Bears' single-season record for passing yards (3,838) and touchdown passes (29),[7] and attempts in a single game with 60 on November 16, 1997. Kramer signed with the San Diego Chargers in the 1999 offseason, but retired midseason due to a neck injury. Though he also missed much of the 1996 season with a neck injury, the two injuries were unrelated.

Kramer finished his 13 NFL seasons with 1,317 completions for 15,337 yards and 92 touchdowns, with 79 interceptions. He also rushed for 217 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns.

Post-playing career

After retiring from the NFL, Kramer went into sports broadcasting. He currently works for FSN Detroit, where he covers one of his former teams, the Detroit Lions, as an in-studio analyst. He also served as a color commentator on the Lions' preseason telecasts in 2007, and currently performs the same role for the Chicago Bears, working with Sam Rosen.

Kramer writes a personal blog for[8] at, where he discusses current events in the NFL and his former career and picks NFL games against the spread.

Kramer appeared as himself in an episode of Married... with Children, during which the series' protagonist, Al Bundy, sells his soul in order to lead the Bears to the Super Bowl.

On October 30, 2011, Kramer's 18-year-old son, Griffen, a senior at Thousand Oaks High School, was found dead at a friend's home from a heroin overdose. Four people, including two juveniles, were charged with involuntary manslaughter and possession of a controlled substance by sheriff's investigators in the matter.[9]

Kramer survived a self-inflicted gunshot wound with life-threatening injuries in an apparent suicide attempt on August 19, 2015. According to Kramer's ex-wife, her husband has a "beautiful soul" but is not the same man she once married due to head injuries suffered during his time as an NFL quarterback.[10]

Kramer's wife, Cortney Baird, called police on domestic violence charges on June 13, 2018. He was released the next day and she now fears the former quarterback is looking for her and the couple's daughter to try and kill them.[11]

Per legal documents obtained by TMZ Sports, Kramer said he "suffered a traumatic brain injury" after attempting suicide in 2015 that "left him with a lack of mental capacity to legally consent to marriage."

In petitioning to have his marriage annulled, Kramer said Baird stole $50,000 from him before they were married.

Kramer added Baird "exerted undue influence upon me to convince me, given my weakened mental state, that her actions were not wrongful" before the couple got married in 2017.


  1. ^ Gravley, Jeff. "Kramer's Hail Mary cements his spot in NC State lore ::". Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Carolina, N.C. State have a history".
  3. ^ College stats
  4. ^ Falcons rookie single-game passing records
  5. ^ Lions postseason passing records, season
  6. ^ Lions postseason passing records, career
  7. ^ "Chicago Bears Single-season Passing Leaders -". Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Player Press l Entertaining sports news, articles, photos, videos, social media, rumors, fantasy and commentary". Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Four charged in death of ex-NFLer Erik Kramer's son Griffen Kramer". Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  10. ^ "Erik Kramer Suicide Attempt: Former NFL QB Shoots Himself In Suicide Attempt, Law Officials Say". Headlines & Global News. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Erik Kramer's Wife Cortney Baird Afraid He's Going to Kill Her and Daughter". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 19 June 2018.

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1991 Detroit Lions season

The 1991 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 62nd season in the National Football League, their 58th as the Detroit Lions. It stands as the team's best season since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970. [1]

The team finished 12–4, won the NFC Central Division, and appeared in the playoffs for the first time since 1983; it also marked the team's first winning season since 1983. The Lions finished the season undefeated in the Pontiac Silverdome, including playoffs, and the team did not lose a game at an indoor facility the entire season, having made trips to Indianapolis and Minnesota during the year.

This season also saw the Lions debut of wide receiver Herman Moore, the team's 1991 first round draft pick who went on to set records as part of an explosive passing offense later in the decade. The 1991 season was the last season that saw the Lions sweep the Packers until 2017. It was also the last time the Lions would win at Lambeau Field until 2015. From 1992 until 2014, the Lions lost 24 straight games in Wisconsin (three in Milwaukee, 21 in Green Bay) against the Packers.

1994 Chicago Bears season

The 1994 Chicago Bears season was their 75th regular season completed in the National Football League (NFL). The Bears matched their 9–7 record under head coach Dave Wannstedt for their first winning season since the end of the 1991 season. The club was one of four teams from the NFC Central to make the playoffs. This was also the NFL's 75th Anniversary so the Bears wore 1920s-era throwback jerseys in a few games. The Bears celebrated their first playoff win since January 6, 1991, with a hard-fought road victory over the NFC Central champion Minnesota Vikings 35–18 before being knocked out by the eventual Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers 44–15 at Candlestick Park.

1994 was the last time the Bears made the playoffs during the 1990s as the following seasons would be disastrous. They wouldn't return to postseason contention until 2001.

1997 Green Bay Packers season

The 1997 Green Bay Packers season was their 79th season overall and their 77th in the National Football League. The season concluded with the team winning its second consecutive NFC championship, but losing in a 31–24 upset to John Elway's Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXII. The team narrowly missed its opportunity to post back-to-back Super Bowl wins.

After a dominating 1996 campaign which ended with a victory in Super Bowl XXXI, many expected the Packers to repeat as champions in 1997. During training camp, star safety LeRoy Butler, among others, said that the Packers had the chance to run the table and go 19–0. This opinion drew increased coverage from the media as the Packers notched impressive victories in all five preseason games. The undefeated hype ended quickly, however, when Green Bay lost week 2 in Philadelphia.

Following a relatively slow 3–2 start, the Packers caught fire in the second half of the season, finishing with a 13–3 regular season record and 8–0 home record for the second consecutive year. In the playoffs, Green Bay defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lambeau Field in the divisional round, and San Francisco 49ers at 3Com Park in the NFC Championship. Some in the media dubbed the NFC title game as "the real Super Bowl" because of the 49ers' and Packers' league dominance, and the relative inferiority of the AFC in recent Super Bowls. Green Bay's win marked the third consecutive year the team had defeated San Francisco in the playoffs.

The Packers entered Super Bowl XXXII as 11 1/2-point favorites. The point spread was likely determined by Green Bay's victory in the previous Super Bowl, the AFC's string of 13 consecutive Super Bowl losses, and Denver's losses in four previous Super Bowls. The game itself was a seesaw battle, and one of the most exciting Super Bowls in history. The Broncos won the thriller 31–24, earning John Elway his first Super Bowl victory at the age of 37, and the first championship in franchise history. Years later, Brett Favre said the Broncos were far underrated, and credited Denver's innovative blitz packages and strategies, foreign to the league at that time, for confusing the Packers.

Packers' quarterback Brett Favre was named the league's MVP for the third year in a row in 1997. Favre was the first player in the history of the award to win three MVPs, and remains the only player to have won three MVPs consecutively. The Packers became the first team to have six NFL MVP award winners.The 1997 Packers are one of only two teams in NFL history to win seven games against teams that would go on to make the playoffs.

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