Cris Carter got emotional during a segment on First Things First and the former Minnesota Vikings receiver spoke about not having a Super Bowl ring.
The Minnesota Vikings have been trying to win a Super Bowl ever since the inception of “The Big Game” but have failed to capitalize on some of their best chances and are still looking for their first Lombardi Trophy.
One of their best opportunities came in 1998, when a freakishly good Minnesota team featuring Daunte Culpepper, Randy Moss, and Cris Carter on offense where the team fell short and was eliminated in the NFC Championship game.
Recently, while on the Fox Sports show First Things First, Cris Carter and Nick Wright were discussing the culture of the Seattle Seahawks, in particular, the trust in head coach Pete Carroll following his decision to pass instead of run on the goal line in the Super Bowl.
This brought Carter to an emotional state on the show, saying that blaming and finger-pointing happens all the time, but in the end, it’s all about playing well enough to win the big game…which is something he had a personal response to in regard to winning Super Bowls.
Here is what Carter said on the show as captured by Courtside Conversations on Twitter (warning – there is swearing in the video):
"“You know why I didn’t win one? Because I didn’t f***ing win one. We didn’t play well enough. We weren’t good enough.”"
Of course, the Vikings not even reaching the Super Bowl while having the talents of the big three on offense is something that irks fans of Minnesota to this day. The fact the team hasn’t reached the big game since Super Bowl XI on January 9, 1977 shows just how great the competition is in the NFL.
It’s easy to see why Carter is so passionate about the topic. As a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and being a Minnesota Vikings legend, the only thing that really eluded him during this playing days is a Super Bowl win. And the talent on the roster during his era with the team did give the franchise a chance at realizing the dream.
Whether fans blame a kicker, a coaching decision, a poor play, or anything else for a team’s lack of success, it’s refreshing to see Cris Carter own his losses and be so passionate about a game where reaching the pinnacle is so difficult for teams to achieve.