Thursday, February 16, 2012

Cris Carter belongs in the NFL Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame voters need to grow up and vote in players based on merit. There have been allegations that some voters' dislike for Cris Carter cost him entry into the Hall of Fame. Voters need to get over it, and the NFL needs to change how players are enshrined.
The NFL Hall of Fame is missing players that deserve to be enshrined. Former wide receiver Cris Carter is certainly one. Recent reports suggested that some members of the media who are also Hall of Fame voters have not been voting for Carter due to their personal dislike for him. What is this, junior high school? These people need to grow up. Vote on a player's hall worthiness based on what he did on the field, not off.

With 1,101 career receptions, Carter is fourth on the all-time list. He ranks eighth in NFL history with 13,899 yards, and fourth with 130 receiving touchdowns, behind only Jerry Rice, Terrell Owens, and Randy Moss. An 8-time Pro Bowler and 2-time First-Team All-Pro, Carter played in 234 games during his 16 year NFL career. Those are easily Hall of Fame credentials.

The number of Hall of Fame voters needs to be expanded, so that the possiblity of one or two members blocking a candidate's enshrinement because of personal bias would be reduced.

Other former players who deserve to be in the Hall of Fame - soon - include WR's Tim Brown and Andre Reed, DE's Jim Marshall and Claude Humphrey, LB Clay Matthews, RB Jerome Bettis, and G Will Shields, among others.

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