By Derek Lofland
Every year, the NFL Hall of Fame voting creates some controversy about which players deserve induction and which players don’t.
The fact is that there are more deserving players than spots each year. There is always going to be some players left holding the short end of the stick.
With the number of teams and quality players in the NFL today, the task is only going to get harder.
However, I will list some players who have waited long enough and deserve induction. These are 10 players who have not been inducted in their first year of eligibility.
These are players I would be making a case for if I had a vote in the Hall of Fame.
I listed the team that they are most famous for playing for...
1) Chris Carter (Vikings)
I think the Hall will get this one right this year. If they don’t, everyone who is not voting for this guy should have their voting privileges revoked.
Chris Carter is an eight-time Pro Bowl Selection. They were all consecutive appearances between 1993 and 2000. He made the All-Pro first team twice.
He was selected to the All-90s team by the same people who vote for induction into the Hall of Fame. He currently ranks third in career receptions, seventh in career receiving yards, and fourth in career receiving touchdowns.
In addition to great career ranks, he has some amazing individual season achievements. In 1995, he recorded 17 receiving touchdowns. In 1994, he had 122 receptions, a feat he duplicated in 1995. Those two seasons rank third in receptions in a single NFL season.
The knock on him is a 4-10 career post-season record and no Super Bowl appearances. The other knock is going to be a cocaine addiction that got him booted out of Philadelphia.
First, unlike most athletes today, he learned from his mistake and turned into a model citizen. He was the 1999 Walter Payton Man of the Year. That should not be held against him.
Second, two of those playoff losses were in Philly before he was a star. His problem with the Vikings was playing on the fourth-best team in the NFC of the 1990s.
The Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, and Green Bay Packers represented the NFC in the Super Bowl six times in the 1990s and won the Super Bowl five times. No one receiver could have overcome that.
In six of his eight playoff losses with the Vikings, they allowed over 30 points. He would have had to have 200 receiving yards and five touchdowns for the Vikings to have won most of those games.
The amazing part of his career is that he ranks so high in those career numbers without playing with the same quarterback.
He caught passes from Rich Gannon, Wade Wilson, Sean Salisbury, Jim McMahon, Warren Moon, Randall Cunningham, Jeff George, and Daunte Culpepper. This isn’t Jerry Rice playing with Montana and Young, or Harrison playing with Peyton Manning.
For him to do what he did playing with that many quarterbacks is a testament to his abilities. He had some of the best hands and footwork I ever saw. He should have been a first ballot Hall of Famer. If they don’t get this right in 2009, it doesn’t speak very highly for the process.
Career Numbers: 234 games, 1,101 receptions, 13,899 receiving yards, 12.6 ypc, 130 TD catches
2) Randall McDaniel (Vikings)
Does the Hall have something against Vikings? I was born, and still am, a Packer fan and even I can see that these players deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.
The guy made 12 Pro Bowls (every year from 1989-2000) and seven All-Pro first teams. He was one of he finest offensive linemen the NFL ever saw.
He was a member of the All-90s Team. The guy was durable, starting 16 games every year from 1990 to 2001. Where is the love?
I don’t even really need to make a big case for him. He was durable, he was dominant, and he did it for a long time. That’s the definition of a Hall of Famer.
I understand the linemen don’t get a lot of respect, and guards get even less than the offensive tackles, who get credit for protecting the quarterback.
There is no reason this guy should not have been a first ballot Hall of Fame player. The voters need to rectify that this year.
Career Numbers: 222 games played, 12 Pro Bowls