Having an unconventional start to his professional football career, Anthony Carter opted for the USFL instead of the NFL. He eventually made his way to the Vikings through trade from the Miami Dolphins for the 1985 season. Carter stayed with the team for nine seasons.
Throughout that time, he caught 478 passes for 7,636 yards and 52 touchdowns, adding 47 rushing attempts for 289 yards and two more touchdowns. Carter also played on special teams, returning 14 punts for 162 yards and two kickoffs for 19 yards.
Carter had three consecutive seasons of 1,000 receiving yards from 1988 to 1990, but it was his 1987 campaign which saw him as a big-play receiver. During that year, he averaged an amazing 24.3 yards per catch.
Named to the Pro Bowl from 1987 to 1989, Carter was also All-NFC Second-Team in 1987 and 1988. His efforts have him third in Vikings franchise receiving yards and one of the 50 Greatest Vikings.