When talking about the greatest wide receiver ever to play for the Vikings, there is some debate as to whether it is Randy Moss or Cris Carter. However, it is the numbers, longevity and consistency of Carter that are the deciding factors of picking him over Moss.
After being released by the Philadelphia Eagles due to substance abuse problems, Carter was claimed by the Vikings in 1990 and cleaned up his act. He didn’t start upon arriving in Minnesota, stuck behind Anthony Carter and Hassan Jones.
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However, it didn’t take long for Carter to crack the starting lineup. He was in Minnesota for 12 seasons, racking up 12,383 yards on 1,004 catches and scoring 110 touchdowns, all being franchise receiving records.
The combination of Carter and Moss were arguably the best duo of NFL pass catchers ever to play on the same team on any franchise. Seeing them play together was a beautiful time for Vikings fans.
That being said, having an eight-time Pro Bowl, three-time All-Pro and Walter Payton Man of the Year who is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Vikings Ring of Honor is impressive enough. Plus, he is the only Minnesota pass catcher to have his number retired by the franchise.
With so many amazing pass catchers on the Vikings roster throughout the team’s history, picking the greatest ones ever to wear purple and gold can be tough. No matter what, fans should feel good about how much talent the franchise has enjoyed over the years, especially at the wide receiver position.