Minnesota Vikings Should Be Upset About Cris Carter's Denial to Hall of Fame

Will PuenteContributor IIIFebruary 5, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 03: Professional football player Cris Carter attends ESPN The Magazine's 'NEXT' Event on February 3, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for ESPN)
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When it comes to NFL awards and honors, the Minnesota Vikings were robbed twice this past week.

The first instance was Jared Allen not getting the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. At least this is an award that can be debatable at best.

However, Cris Carter was passed up once again for a nomination to this year's Pro Football Hall of Fame. Here are this year's inductees to the 2012 Class.

With all due respect to these Hall of Famers, there should be no reason why Carter should have not been present among these men. An impressive eight Pro Bowl appearances, 13,899 receiving yards with 1,101 receptions and 130 career touchdowns did not seem enough to the Board of Selectors to get him in the class this year. And it isn't as if these numbers will change throughout the next year. Maybe they want him to return and pad those numbers some more.

But there is one important number that stands at zero for the legendary receiver. The truth is that Carter never won a Super Bowl, even though his stats may be better than most ring holders. Is this how we want players' records to be reflected by? Never mind the work they put in throughout every working Sunday or Monday; it is all about the win the last Sunday of the season.

Ask yourself this question: Who is the greatest wide receiver to play the game? Most will answer that it should be Jerry Rice. But be assured that Carter would be their second or third choice behind maybe Michael Irvin. It shouldn't take a Viking fan to see this injustice; this man deserves proper recognition for his lifetime work.

Here is a link about Carter not getting his chance last year. We hope that this is the last article about Cris Carter not making this honor; if not, we might just have to create our own Hall of Fame and make him our first inductee.