“I’m not the story. Fuzzy Thurston and his wife and the coach and the equipment manager, they’re the story. I just got in the way.”

That’s how Green Lake resident Joel Schultz frames the story.

So what is the story?

It’s the tale of Jerry Kramer’s shoe — “The Shoe,” for Schultz — and how it traveled through Green Lake.

It begins in 1969. ...

In a box of used football equipment from the Green Bay Packers, Schultz came upon a kicking shoe, an “orphan shoe without a mate,” he said; it was size 9.5 triple E (meaning extra, extra wide) with the number 64 on it.

Schultz was sure it was Kramer’s number, but a 9.5-size shoe for a 6-foot-3, 245-pound lineman?

“That can’t be right,” he thought.

But it was.

Read the full story in the Aug. 3, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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