Cris Carter Robbed By Hall-of-Fame

I personally didn’t buy the rumor, spread by Fanhouse’s Michael David Smith, that Cris Carter was going to be snubbed by the Hall-of-Fame this year.  If ever a guy was a first-ballot lock, why would it not be Carter?  Just look at his stats.  Second all-time in receptions and receiving touchdowns behind only Jerry Rice?  How can he not get in the first year?

Well, he didn’t.  I can’t even begin to guess why.  Maybe because they wanted to put Art Monk in finally and didn’t think they should enshrine two receivers in the same year.  Which seems a weak argument since they did put in two corners this year – the Redskins’ Darrell Green and the Chiefs’ Emmitt Thomas.

I’m not sad to see Art Monk get in – he deserved to.  And Carter will probably get in next year.  Still, first-ballot means something – it identifies you as one of the true greats, above even other Hall-of-Famers.  And I’m sorry if I seem biased, but I think Cris Carter deserves that sort of recognition.

To make matters slightly worse, Randall McDaniel was also snubbed again this year – though I didn’t really expect him to make it.  On the bright side…Gary Zimmerman did finally make it in.  Zimmerman played on the same line as McDaniel before moving on to Denver.  So, at least the Vikings didn’t get totally screwed.

Old Chargers and 49ers defensive end Fred Dean and Patriots linebacker Andre Tippett filled out the list of six.

Carter better get in next year or else.

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  • thelandryhat

    I agree. I was surprised he did not get in first time.

  • Ian-Inside the Iggles

    People get elected to the Hall Of Fame by Sports writers. I heard Carter had been a real jerk towards the media during his career, and that is why he got the snub.Career wise there is no question Carter should be in first ballot, but similar to Michael Irvin they may vote him in the following year because of personality.(which is BS)

  • remember the redskins

    I’m pretty sure Carter will get in next year.
    Jerry Rice and Tim Brown become eligible the following year, and the voters will keep that in mind. The guy who appears to be on the outside looking in for a while is Andre Reed. The problem for him is threefold: 1) All of these other great WRs 2) Zero Super Bowl wins 3) That Bills team already has two guys plus their coach in and Bruce Smith is an absolute lock when he becomes eligible. It looks like the voters are balking at putting that many guys in from a team that didn’t win any of those Super Bowls.

    As far as Carter being first-ballot worthy: I have made the argument elsewhere that while I think he belongs in (next year), first ballot doesn’t seem to apply to him. To me, a 1st ballot guy needs to fit at least three of these four categories: 1) Monster Stats – Check
    2) Athletically Freakish – Carter did have great body control, so…..mmmmaaybe..ok Check
    3) Champion – nope
    4) Changed the Game – Carter was a symptom, not the cause, so…nope

    That leave Carter with only two out of four categories that in my mind a guy should fill at least three of in order to be a first ballot guy.

    Of course that’s just my thought. If first ballot really means something, then this sort of demanding checklist is appropriate. Anybody have another category to consider?

  • Dudley Pochatko

    While this matter can be very difficult for most people, my view is that there has to be a middle or common ground that we all can find. I do appreciate that you’ve added relevant and intelligent commentary here though. Thank you!