On Saturday, February 2nd, the NFL will place retired players into immortality by electing them to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Somehow, last year, Cris Carter did not make the cut but he’s once again on the ballot in 2013. If Carter, a receiver with the best hands of all time, is not amongst the new inductees, it will be a travesty.
Cris Carter is arguably the second best wide receiver of all time (Randy Moss may think Carter is the third best, even though Moss had his most productive years with Carter on the other side of the field). Carter was around in the old days–before the league exploded into an air attack and passing yards were less abundant. When he retired, he was pretty much second to Jerry Rice in every receiving category. Since then, players like Randy Moss and Terrell Owens have put up numbers that place them between Carter and Rice in categories like total yards, touchdowns, 100 yard games, etc.
But the trump card to Carter’s Hall of Fame campaign has nothing to do with his great hands or his prolific numbers. One of the most important variables in a receivers success is the quarterback throwing the ball to him. Jerry Rice, the best receiver of all time, caught most his passes from Steve Young, Joe Montana, Matt Hasselback, and Rich Gannon. In other words, some of the best quarterbacks of all time. Carter on the other hand, caught passes from Scott Tinsley, Wade Wilson, Rich Gannon, Sean Salisbury, Jim McMahon, Warren Moon, Brad Johnson, Randall Cunningham, Jeff George, Daunte Culpepper, Todd Bouman, Spergon Wynn and Jay Fiedler. I doubt Carter would remember most those guys if he ran into them at a cocktail party. And while there are some decent names on that list, he never built a rapport with a single quarterback several years. Case closed.
Carter is obviously one of the best receivers ever and he established himself with some questionable suspects throwing the ball to him. Please, voters don’t disrespect the man and our intelligence by leaving him out another year.
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