After getting snubbed for six years, Cris Carter, the second-most productive wide receiver in NFL history, will finally get a chance to slip into the most prestigious, yet ugliest yellow blazer on the planet.
Carter was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame Saturday as part of stacked 2013 class that also includes Bill Parcells, Warren Sapp, Larry Allen, and Jonathan Ogden.
Though he started his career with the Philadelphia Eagles and played one season with the Miami Dolphins to end his career, Carter was most known for his 11 seasons as a Minnesota Viking. During that time, he was an 8-time Pro Bowl selection, honored three times as an NFL All-Pro, and was named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team.
Carter finished his career with 1,101 receptions for 13,899 yards and 130 touchdowns. Known for his amazing hands, Carter retired with two seasons with at least 120 receptions. At that time, every other player in NFL history had combined for just three such seasons.
A native of Troy, Carter went on to star for Middletown High before arriving in Columbus to play for Earle Bruce and the Buckeyes. While in Columbus, he was coached by a young graduate assistant named Urban Meyer and as a freshman, he set a Rose Bowl record with nine receptions for 172 yards.
Congratulation to Mr. Carter, owner of the finest set of hands most of us have ever seen. All he does is catch touchdowns and get elected to Hall of Fames.