Cris Carter's 2010 Chances

Mack McClurkanContributor IMarch 21, 2009

11 Aug 2001: Cris Carter of the Minnesota Vikings adjusts his helmet during the pre-season game against the New Orleans Saints at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, Texas. The Vikings defeated the Saints 28-21. DIGITAL IMAGE . Mandatory Credit: Ronald Martinez/Allsport

     Looking ahead to next year Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, and Tim Brown are all likely going to be first ballot hall of famers. That makes me believe that for a third consecutive year Cris Carter will fail to make the cut for Canton. It's going to be hard for alot of Minnesota Vikings fans to stomach but I believe it's probably already a reality.

     I grew up a New England Patriots fan but Cris Carter was one of my favorite players to watch growing up. I don't think I have ever seen anyone else make as many breath taking sideline tip-toe catches as Carter seemed to do on a weekly basis. Some of the great catches he would come down with would make Lynn Swann look ordinary.

     While I think Jerry Rice and Tim Brown were great players, I always thought Carter had more talent than either. When he retired after the 2002 season I thought he was a lock in 2007 to be a first ballot hall of famer. But it's been two years and counting. With Rice and Brown most likely getting in, I don't see a third wide receiver making the cut. I am keeping my fingers crossed though.

     I'm not sure if it's his drug related problems from his Philadelphia Eagles days or something else that's getting Carter overlooked. I just think it's a shame that great players like Cris Carter and Ken Stabler (whom I wrote an article on earlier this week) are being passed over. I really feel like the Hall of Fame selection committee needs to be overhauled. I think some fresh blood might end some of these stupid grudges against former players. I'd like to hear anyone's thoughts.


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