After missing 13 games with a back injury last year, Texans coach Bill O’Brien is confident the defensive end will come back even stronger this season.
I can tell you right now the guy’s going to be at the top of his game, O’Brien told TheMMQB.com. He’s had a great training camp. I think he’ll be better than he was.
Watt was humbled by his coach’s comments, saying O’Brien knows better than anyone what he’s experienced while rehabbing during the offseason after spending the majority of last season on injured reserve.
The former Packers guard, whom Vince Lombardi once called the best guard in football, was selected as a finalist for the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame class by the Hall’s Senior Committee. Robert Brazile, a seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker for the Houston Oilers, was also named Friday as a 2018 finalist.
Friday’s selection marks the 11th time Kramer has been a finalist for the Hall, but the first time since 1997.
Kramer is widely regarded as the most overlooked player from the 1960s Packers teams that won five championships in seven years, including the first two Super Bowls. No player has been a finalist more than Kramer without receiving induction into the Hall.
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Now 81-years-old, Kramer was a three-time Pro Bowler and five-time All-Pro selection over an 11-year career for Lombardi’s Packers. He is perhaps best known for the key block that paved the way for Bart Starr’s game-winning quarterback sneak to beat the Cowboys in the 1967 NFL championship game, otherwise known as the Ice Bowl. Kramer was elected to the Packers Hall of Fame in 1975.