Carter up for Hall but faces same logjam at wide receiver

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 12, 2013 - 12:07 AM

The former Vikings star is a Hall of Fame finalist for the sixth year in a row, but the cases for Andre Reed and Tim Brown cut into his support.

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drfranktJan. 11, 13 9:58 PM

Good Luck, Chris! I'm rooting for you!

dexterjibsJan. 12, 1312:43 AM

4th in career receptions and he still hasn't been voted in after 6 years? Something is wrong here. Good luck Chris. you absolutely deserve it cuz afterall, all you do is catch touchdowns.

jachesteJan. 12, 13 9:29 AM

Yeah, not a fan of this guy. One of his most successful traits was pretty much making everyone around him, players and media, detest him. Our very own Barry Bonds ego. They're certainly different types of receivers, but how can you argue he goes in before Tim Brown? Brown had about 2K more receiving yards and his high end productivity was a year longer than Carters. I think he'll (Carter) be waiting for a while.

TwokidsJan. 12, 1310:14 AM

@jaceste...since when does personality traits dictate whether you get in. If that is the only trait, then you're right. Carter does not deserve it. But, if you go by skill level, Carter was the better than Tim. If you're going to make stat comparisons, get it right. Tim had 1034 yds more (not 2000). Quite a bit different. And since Tim played a year longer, that negates those yds. The average per year for their careers is only 10 yds different. Can't imagine 17 years over 16 years would even be in the discussion. But you know what might be? Carter's 130 TDs to Brown's 100. Now that, my friend, is a HUGE difference. If you want to use your career longevity as a criteria, that would be 8.1 TDs to 5.9 TDs per season. No comparison b/c scoring points is what it is really all about. And Carter still ranks fourth all-time even though he has been out of the game for more than a decade.

jachesteJan. 12, 1312:07 PM

@Twokids: Yes, I don't spend time goggling all my facts, guilty on that point, but we certainly could disagree on skill level, and it just might possibly be in the discussion with those voting that some of Carter's core years he wasn't even the best receiver on the team, while Brown had...... (hold your breath for it) James Jett as a running mate. And before you get all up in your rant and indigent about what you see as the truth, I think Carter has the credentials, but I don't (and neither do the people that actually vote by the way) see it as a clear no-brainer. I think there's obviously a good argument to make for Carter, anyone can see that. But that said, I certainly don't see him as an early HOF entrant. IMHO Randy Moss on the other hand, is an early ballot hall of famer, regardless of his antics. He combination of size and speed changed the game. I'm not going to lose any sleep about Carter. Eventually, I'm sure the veteran's committee will look at him if he doesn't make it.

TwokidsJan. 12, 1312:40 PM

@jaycheste...Veteran's The ONLY time Carter was not the best on his team was when he was already in his 13th season. That is when Randy came along. Besides, comparing him to Randy is like comparing him to Jerry Rice. Those type of receivers come along once in a generation. BTW, Tim could not hold a candle to Moss and Rice either. Very unfair comparion. So, that point is mute. Secondly, Carter's number would have been even better had he not had eight a different QB almost every single season he was with the Vikes. He should get more credit for having to adjust to new QB's and their style.

jachesteJan. 12, 13 1:09 PM

@Twokids, Best of luck to Chris. By the way, if If I was (and I certainly wasn't) comparing Brown to Rice or Moss, you'd have a point. Unfortunately for you, I wasn't and you don't.

callmestupidJan. 13, 13 5:38 AM

All 3 should be in, they pretty much have the same stats so If 1 gets in its pretty much BS if the other 2 dont

spartan227Jan. 14, 13 9:56 AM

Remember Carter scored 130 td's, second to only Rice at the time. Who was throwing the ball to Rice? Oh yeah two Hall of Fame Qb's.. Carter had for the bulk of his career,Jeff George, Randall Cunningham, Brad Johnson,Todd Bauman... Carter is a first ballot...

zoltanJan. 14, 1310:17 AM

HOF is, unfortunately, a joke. Carter should have been in on the first ballot ... the game is a lot more than just stats. No Jim Marshall but the likes of Howie Long and, potentially, Warren Sapp? Today's game is way different but, in the context of their respective times, I'd want CC and the Iron Man Marshall n on my team.


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