Cris Carter: Snubbed by Pro Football Hall of Fame, again [VIDEO]
|Cris Carter is a top-five all-time receiver. There are more than 20 receivers in the Hall. Therefore, CC is getting snubbed.|
Conspicuously absent from the list, as he has been for the past five years, was Cris Carter, unarguably the greatest receiver in Vikings history and possibly the second best receiver in NFL history behind Jerry Rice.
Considering that there are more than 20 receivers in the Hall, including relatively unheralded players like former Buffalo Bills WR James Lofton, it makes absolutely no sense for CC to be on the outside looking in.
During his 16-year NFL career, Carter caught 153 touchdowns, fourth all time behind Jerry Rice, Randy Moss, and Terrell Owens. CC notched nearly 14,000 receiving yards, good for eighth in NFL history.
He was an eight-time Pro Bowler, two-time All Pro, and three-time NFL Man of the Year. How is that resume not Hall of Fame worthy?
In short, it appears there is no good reason for Carter's snub, especially since he's maintained a high profile following his playing career as an ESPN analyst. It simply defies explanation.
Perhaps the football media has an anti-Vikings bias? That argument would've held some water had Minnesota all-time sack leader Chris Doleman not made the cut as one of this year's inductees.
As the Bleacher Report's Dan Bartemus wrote after Carter was snubbed last year, "Chris Carter is a Hall of Famer and should have been a first-ballot selection in 2008," his first year of eligibility.
Amen, Mr. Bartemus. Let's hope media members finally get it right next year. In the meantime, here's a look back at some of CC's greatest plays during his Hall of Fame-caliber career.