Carter, Doleman Named Finalists For The Pro Football Hall of Fame

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on January 7, 2012 – 1:29 pm

The NFL has announed that former Vikings Cris Carter and Chris Doleman are finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, class of 2012, which will be announced on Saturday, Feb. 4, the day before Super Bowl XLVI.

Carter and Doleman, who were teammates in Minnesota from 1990-93, were both finalists a year ago as well.

Carter led the club in receiving 10 consecutive seasons (1991-2000), started more games than any other WR in team history and holds the Vikings record with 40 100-yard receiving games.  He’s an 8-time Pro Bowler and 4-time All-Pro was inducted into Vikings Ring of Honor in 2003.

Doleman was the Vikings single-season sack king after registering 21.0 sacks in 1989, but of course had that record bested by Jared Allen this past season.  In 10 seasons as a Viking, had 96.5 sacks and tallied 150.5 career sacks, good for 4th all-time.

This past fall, the Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee chose the 26 semifinalists from the previously announced list of 105 preliminary nominees. The list of 26 semifinalists was reduced by mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists which were announced today.

The final step comes on Feb. 4, when the 44-member Selection Committee meets in person to discuss and evaluate the merits of each of the 15 modern-era and the two senior candidates. An independent accounting firm tallies the voting that day to determine the new class of enshrinees.

Although there is no set number of Enshrinees for any Hall of Fame Class, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s current ground rules do stipulate that between four and seven new members will be selected each year. No more than 5 modern-era nominees can be elected in a given year.

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