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.