All he did was score touchdowns—and now all he will do is get a bust in Canton, Ohio.
After six years and much debate in and outside of the media, Cris Carter has finally been elected to the Hall of Fame (per the Star Tribune).
Some would say that he was a compiler—that he put together the stats he had because he lasted a long time. I would say that the best find a way to stay on the field a long time, that he wouldn't be playing for so many years if he wasn't good.
Some would point to his off-the-field issues—he was dropped by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1989 due to drug issues. I would point to a man who overcame those problems to play a long time for the Minnesota Vikings, who recovered and went on to be productive and mentor another of the best receivers we have ever seen in Randy Moss.
Here's a few of the things that made Carter a deserving candidate for Canton no matter how long it took.
Carter was one of just two players to have 120 receptions in a season twice, once in 1994 and once in 1995. He made the Pro Bowl eight times and was a master of short-yardage touchdowns. Carter finished his career second only to Jerry Rice in career receptions and touchdowns.
Yes, he's since been passed by Marvin Harrison in receptions and both his protege Moss and Terrell Owens in touchdown receptions.
However, in his time, there were few receivers as good as Carter, few as effective and dangerous as the man in purple.
There were times when Carter was the offense in Minnesota, when he was the reason they moved the chains and won games.
Carter played for years and was an important part of not just the Vikings but the league.
It's about time—but I'm sure he thinks it was well worth the wait.