Carter, Randle, Doleman are Hall of Fame Semifinalists

The Hall of Fame has released its list of 25 semifinalists for enshrinement in Canton, and just like last year, that list includes Vikings Cris Carter, Chris Doleman and John Randle.

Last year, the list also included Randall McDaniel, who ended up among the few chosen to be added to the roll call of all-time greats.

Of the three Viking semifinalists, Cris Carter would seem the most deserving candidate.  Unfortunately for Carter, two of this year’s first-year-eligible HOF locks – Tim Brown and Jerry Rice – are at his position, and I doubt voters will want to put three receivers into the hall in the same class.

The list of first-year-eligible players also includes another lead-pipe cinch, running back Emmitt Smith.  A fourth first-year man, Aeneas Williams, is a long-shot at best.

So, with three spots virtually guaranteed, and 22 guys fighting for the others, it’s looking unlikely that Randall McDaniel and the other Viking Hall-of-Famers will be joined by Carter, Doleman or Randle next year.  A Super Bowl win for the franchise would be a nice consolation prize for everyone.

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  • http://Pennsylvania bernie jelinek

    All through the 40 years i’ve been a Vikings’ fan, i had a chance to see all three of these guys play, and they all deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. Not just because i’m a fan, but because these 3 players always gave 100%. Doleman was a great DE, who registered many QB sacks, just a relentless pass rusher. Also, Randle was a fearless DT, who could intimidate opposing lineman, and another ferocious pass rusher. Of course you could’nt say enough about Chris Carter, not only was he a great WR, but he unselfishly taught Randy Moss the ropes early on. I think one Vikings’ QB who probably won’t make the Hall, but should based on sheer heart, guts and determination was Joe Kapp. Hey, he never had a great arm or piled up stats, but go through old Vikings video footage of Kapp in 1969 on youtube, this guy played in all the elements, and took on linebackers head-on, while running with the ball, now that’s a tough football player.