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Cris Carter is the key to many WRs' HOF chances

Posted on: December 2, 2010 9:30 am
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Posted by Andy Benoit

The list of 26 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame 2011 class was recently announced. The most important name on that list? Cris Carter. C. Carter (US Presswire)

Wide receiver has become one of the toughest positions for voters to gauge. The NFL has evolved so markedly into a passing league that the receiving statistics from one era to another are almost impossible to evaluate. The same problem applies to quarterbacks, but quarterbacks are much easier to figure because a.) They’re tied more directly to their team’s success; b.) They touch the ball every play and c.) They stay on your television screen after the ball is snapped. A wide receiver, on the other hand, might make important contributions like lifting a coverage, disguising a route or providing backside run-blocking support, but that action often takes place off screen.

The voters’ decision will be overwhelmingly based on numbers. That’s what makes Carter, the longtime Vikings receiver, the key that potentially unlocks the Canton door for a host of wideouts. Carter is third all-time in receptions (1,101), eighth all-time in receiving yards (13,899) and fourth all-time in touchdowns (130). Overall, he was essentially the second best wide receiver of the 1990s. If he doesn’t get in, what hope is there for other prolific wideouts like Tim Brown, Andre Reed or Irving Fryar, Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce or Marvin Harrison? All have similar numbers. (Holt, Bruce and Harrison each have a ring, but receivers aren’t judged by titles the way quarterbacks, running backs and, obviously, head coaches are.)

Carter was passed over by Hall of Fame voters last year, but that could have simply been the Jerry Rice effect. This year could be Carter’s best shot at getting in. Of the 25 other semifinalists, only Deion Sanders and likely Marshall Faulk are surefire Yes’.

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Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2010 10:25 pm
 

Irvin

Yea he played ok. In between cocaine binges and beating up hookers.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2010 2:31 pm
 

Cris Carter is the key to many WRs' HOF chances

"The 2 you hear about are Irvin and Rice.  you hear about them because they are not only amazing recievers but they are winners. Stop hating."

Actually when I think back to the 1990s receivers I think Rice, Tim Brown, Carter, and even guys like Randy Moss and Isaac Bruce towards the end of the decade before I think Michael Irvin.  Don't get me wrong Irvin was a helluva talent.  But considering the weapons he had around him (the same argument can be made for Rice, but if you want to compare Rice and Irvin you need you stop playing Madden 94 and step back into reality) he would have been a bust if he didn't put up those numbers.  Plus his off-field issues, including being one of the biggest coke heads in the league since the glory days of hard drugs back in the 70s-80s as well as his numerous sexual assault allegations (yes allegations that tended to failt to amount to anything...yet that doesn't stop most people from bagging on Ben Roethlisberger...but I digress), coupled with his "me-first" mentalty before that mindset was really a majority trend for NFL receivers keep him as an elite receiver in my (and most peoples') book, but not one of the 2 or 3 best of the decade.  Carter did more with less.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2010 1:56 pm
 

Cris Carter is the key to many WRs' HOF chances

Of course he deserves to be in, but like fellow MN sports legend Bert Blyleven, he'll probably get left out.



Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2010 11:56 am
 

Cris Carter is the key to many WRs' HOF chances

I'm really surprised that there is any doubt about Carter's chances at the HoF.  He was a dynamic player, and probably the best I've ever seen at making the catch AND getting his feet in. That was what made him so brilliant around the goal line.  He's a no-brainer, particularly in a Hall that already has Lynn Swann in it.  There is no comparison between their relative accomplishments.



Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2010 11:44 am
 

Cris Carter is the key to many WRs' HOF chances

Yes, because michaels brilliant career got cut short by a neck injury he was overrated... Irvin well deserves to be in the Hall of Fame as he was one of the very best recievers in the game in the 90s.  The 2 you hear about are Irvin and Rice.  you hear about them because they are not only amazing recievers but they are winners. Stop hating.


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