Former Vikings Carter, Doleman Among 15 HOF Finalists

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 10, 2011 – 10:50 am

Congratulations go out to former Vikings Cris Carter and Chris Doleman for being named among the 15 modern-era players named as finalists for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The 15 finalists, plus senior nominees Chris Hanburger and Les Richter, will be considered for induction February 5, the day before the Super Bowl. The enshrinement is in August.

Do you think Carter and/or Doleman are worthy of selection into the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Let us know by voting on the fan poll, which is located on the home page of You can also utilize the comments section below this entry to let your voice be heard.

Both Carter and Doleman are deserving of entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in my eyes because both players were dominant players at their respective positions for a long time. I actually think both players will get into the HOF, it’s just a matter of when. Carter has been a finalist previously and this is Doleman’s first year as a finalist.

To be elected, a finalist must receive a minimum positive vote of 80 percent of the 44 voters.

Carter, in my estimation, had the best pair of hands in NFL history and was the identity of the Vikings offense from 1990-2001. He holds Vikings career records for receptions, receiving yards and TDs and at the time of his retirement he ranked 2nd in career receptions and receiving TDs. Carter had 130 career TD catches and also recorded back-to-back 122-reception seasons. He was known for acrobatic, sideline-grabs and also for his knack of picking up 1st downs when his team needed it most. Carter also played for the Philadelphia Eagles (1987-89) and the Miami Dolphins (2002).

Doleman won 6 sack titles with the Vikings and tallied 150.5 in his career, which was 4th-best at the time of his retirement. His finest season came in 1989, when he led NFL with 21.0 sacks, 1.0 shy of the NFL single-season record at the time. In 1992, Doleman was named the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Year when he recorded 14.5 sacks. He played for the Vikings from (1985-93, 1999) and also spent time with the Atlanta Falcons (1994-95) and San Francisco 49ers (1996-98).

To learn more about Carter, Doleman and the entire group of finalists, go to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website.

The full group of finalists: Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Carter, Dermontti Dawson, Richard Dent, Doleman, Marshall Faulk, Charles Haley, Chris Hanburger, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin, Andre Reed, Les Richter, Willie Roaf, Ed Sabol, Deion Sanders and Shannon Sharpe.

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36 Responses to “Former Vikings Carter, Doleman Among 15 HOF Finalists”

  1. By Harry on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    How could either one of these guys not make it? CC should be a slam dunk, and Doleman couldn’t be held back by OL during his career. Both should be there.

  2. By VKing56 on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    Check Doleman’s stats to other guys that have made it in. It is a joke that he is not yet in the HOF. I sure hope they both get in this year, it would give us Vikings fans something to be proud of after this lost season.

  3. By vikingsfan1955 on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    I have been a fan of chris carter as a viking but as an announcer he seems to be very harsh on his former team with his harsh cricism but as a player he should be a first time ballot inductee. He was the best reciever ever next to rice and he made catches that made people say no way. The other plus was the price the vikings got carter for from the eagles and that was 10 dollars. I have heard that but I have never been able to confirm that as of yet. Carter held every viking record till moss came and together they were the most feared duo in the nfl and he was also fear wit anthony carter and his counter part. Chris doleman was a pure beast and feared as an ol. He was fast and furious and he also shoul make it on his first try. Congrats to both on their nominations.

  4. By vikingsfan1955 on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    If anyone can tell me what carters contract cost was plz let me know

  5. By joe w on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    Please someone tell me what CC has to do do get in….if CD does not get in this time he will….I think it is very unfair that CC has had to wait this long…something behind the scenes maybe?….If m. irvin can get in…why not CC…I’m 48 and have never seen a more clutch receiver with better hands…3rd downs were automatic…Please put CC in and give him the honor that he and jim marshall deserve!!!!yes,,, thats another player too….thx…jw

  6. By Justin on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    Anyone that doesn’t think Cris Carter should be in the HOF are either not a true Viking Fan or a ignorant football fan. I hope he gets in as it’s a long time coming.

  7. By kyweaver on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    i agree justin

  8. By joe on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    The Vikings picked up Carter from the Eagles for $100.00. Not a bad deal looking back on it.

  9. By dmac32 on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    Carter making it in the HOF is long overdue. If he didn’t waste his first three years of his career, he would be right up there with Jerry Rice in all of the stats. Even still, he was @nd in almost every one.

  10. By dmac32 on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    2nd in almost every one. Doleman was a beast.

  11. By vikingsfan1955 on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    yes thats what it was ty and I guess we made on one of best deals in nfl history

  12. By Skolt on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    THe HOF voters have been foolish for too long, not putting Carter in…they HAVE to get it right this time !! He is the 2nd best receiver all time, & only HOFer Jerry Rice was the better one, statistically & Super Bowl-wise. Now that Rice has gone in, the sportswriters just HAVE to put CC into the Hall this year ! That would at least be an appropriate measure to add to the positive, in our 50th season, (or off season).
    Doleman was a very consistent sack machine, esp for our Vikes, and another Viking alumni, to make our 50th Greatest Viking list.( as was CC) So Doleman & CC should both go in THIS year. It would be good for those HOF voters to put in 2 Viking teammates, together this time.

    Really hoping they get it right for us, this year, & put CC + Doleman in.
    Trip to Canton this summer for that event sure would be a highlight for 2011 !!

    SKOL VIKES!!!! SKOL CC !! SKOL Doleman !!

  13. By Curly on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    I have been wondering, more and more as the seasons tumble by, as they transubstantiate, not religiously, however, but in terms of a thing of one sort to another thing of a very different sort, from summer to fall, really, about Sammy White. Sammy took one for the team in a brutal loss, and for that he’ll always be known; but for me his home is in the Hall of Foam, of fame and fortune, never had he, but of memories long gone, on a black and white television set in mother’s home. My dad’s too.

  14. By Adam on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    The whole reason I started watching football was because of Cris Carter! His ability to make near impossible catches were amazing and I am amazed that he still isn’t in the HOF yet! He still is one of my favorite football players of all time and deserves recognition for his accomplishments. I mean c’mon! Receivers now-a-days can barely catch the ball with both hands, let alone with just one hand, which is what 80 did all the time!!!

  15. By mr smiff on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    The only difference between Cris Carter and Jerry Rice? 3 Superbowl rings. Come on Canton, get it right this year!

  16. By Gary on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    If Cris Carter had the speed of Jerry Rice. Jerry Rice would be in 2nd place alltime. Cris Carter is the best receiver to ever play the game. Chris Doleman should be there also. Why is Cris Carter not in the HOF anyway. Should have been a first timer. You people that vote should not keep a player out of the HOF just because they didn’t win a superbowl. Just by the way they played the game and that could not be touched. Good luck too Cris and Chris Doleman. Two of the best that ever played in the NFL.

  17. By Bigfan1 on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    It’s about time these two are up for the HOL, both are a no brainer.

  18. By Tim on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    they would have to be outta there minds not to induct cris carter in to the pro football hall of fame.

  19. By Tim on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    man the vikings need to work out a draft pick for cam newton i see nfl superstar all over him.

  20. By Arrow86 on Jan 11, 2011 | Reply

    Tim the NFL superstar I see all over him would be Suh of Detroit if the Vikes don’t get an O-line.

  21. By Arrow86 on Jan 11, 2011 | Reply

    Carter and Doleman both deserve to be in. Carter was the best acquisition in Viking history. I think we picked him up from Philly for $100.

  22. By purplerainman on Jan 11, 2011 | Reply

    Those two should be able to walk into the hall of fame no problem. On a side note: Grab Vince Young now, before someone else does. Go Vikes 2011-12!

  23. By Tim on Jan 11, 2011 | Reply

    good point arrow.

  24. By lovefromminnesota on Jan 11, 2011 | Reply

    CC should be in. But he was a bad charecter in Philly.

  25. By purplehaze on Jan 11, 2011 | Reply

    ahhh, the good ole days when players were players, these guys were throwbacks to the early vike players-teams in the 60′s and 70′s, they could bring it baby, the cold, the snow and mud, bud grant, smash-mouth football at it’s best…

  26. By vikingsfan1955 on Jan 11, 2011 | Reply

    I’m not a supporter of getting vince young because he seems to have mental problems and gives up on his team when things get bad and he goes off when u need him to keep his cool. There will be better options b4 for the season starts. I would rather see mc nabb than young.

  27. By purplehaze on Jan 11, 2011 | Reply

    I agree vikeingsfan’55, I’d rather have Kolb or even Vick as unlikely as that might be, but Young would be better than what we’ve got now. At least him and Webb could duke it out for a starting qb job.

  28. By D BURNS on Jan 11, 2011 | Reply

    These two should have been in the pro-bowl years ago. Curly, do you need to sit down? I agree that Sammy White was spectacular, but geez!!

  29. By MIke from NY on Jan 11, 2011 | Reply

    Whether a Viking fan or not both Carter and Doleman are worthy of HOF induction. In my opinion Carter is the more clear cut candidate but both are HOF players.

  30. By Rick on Jan 11, 2011 | Reply

    Congrates to Carter and Doleman

  31. By Woodboat on Jan 11, 2011 | Reply

    I think they are both more than worthy. Holding Carter out is a freaking joke… his numbers are way above many WR already wearing the jacket. Doleman was a freak in his day… give the man his due, too.

  32. By Bryan on Jan 12, 2011 | Reply

    Cris Carter is a highlight reel,and Doleman was a quarterback killer!! Man,that would be awesome to have two Vikings inducted to the Hall.Definetly the hightlight of 2010.

  33. By melistar on Jan 12, 2011 | Reply

    John Randle is my favorite Viking EVER!
    BUT C.Carter should have been in the HOF 1st!
    He’s one of the best WR EVER!

  34. By Vernon on Jan 13, 2011 | Reply

    have u seen the list they are going up against sorry former players with Super Bowl rings are going to get in first! But time well definately put these 2 greats in the HOF just not both this year! : /

  35. By william teel on Jan 14, 2011 | Reply

    I think both should be inducted. C.C. was 1 of best and only a very few receivers have his yards,reception and TD numbers, but look how long it took for Art Monk to get in. I think Doleman was among the best of his time. I think most of those with HOF voting rights are nuts and should not stress Super Bowl rings as defining factor. They were bith great game changing players with outstanding stats as proof.

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