The greatest wide receiver in Vikings history is set to once again be considered for the greatest individual honor one can earn in the NFL. Cris Carter is among the 27 semifinalists being considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013.
The Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee chose the 27 semifinalists from the previously announced list of 127 preliminary nominees. The list of 27 semifinalists will be reduced by mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists. That list increases to 17 finalist nominees with the inclusion of the two recommended candidates of the Hall of Fame’s Seniors Committee.
The results of the modern-era reduction vote to 15 finalists will be announced in early January, 2013. The Class of 2013 will be determined at the Selection Committee’s annual meeting on Saturday, Feb. 2, in New Orleans, La. the day before Super Bowl XLVII.
Cris Carter dazzled NFL fans for 16 seasons (1987-2002) with sensational one-handed grabs, clutch first-down receptions and breath-taking touchdown catches. His ability to consistently perform at a high level allowed him to accumulate legendary statistics, and should some day place him among the NFL’s immortals.
For his career, Carter totaled 1,101 receptions for 13,899 yards and 130 TDs. His receptions and touchdown totals still rank him fourth all-time and his eight total Pro Bowl selections are tied for second-most all-time. No one had more receptions (779) or touchdowns (90) from 1993-2000 than Carter and only Tim Brown had more receiving yards than his 9,456 during the same time period.
Known for his durability, Carter played full 16-game seasons in 13 of his 16 years in the NFL, had 10 or more touchdowns in a season six times and led the NFL in receiving touchdowns three times (1995, 1997, and 1999). He recorded 70 or more catches in a season 10 times and had 100-yard receiving games 42 times during his career.
Carter spent 12 seasons (1990-2001) with the Vikings and crafted a brilliant career in Minnesota. He was a part of teams that suffered losing seasons only twice in 12 seasons, made the playoffs eight times in 10 Vikings seasons, and his teams were 76-29 (including playoffs) in games in which he caught a touchdown.
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The Green Bay Packers couldn’t stop Adrian Peterson, but they were able to capitalize on mistakes from other Vikings players enough to claim a 23-14 win over their border rivals at Lambeau Field on Sunday. Peterson put on a performance to remember, rushing for 210 yards and 1 TD on 21 carries. It came in a losing effort, though, as QB Christian Ponder and the Vikings passing offense continued to sputter.
The Vikings were in a 10-0 hole early in the game, but Peterson single-handedly dug them out by constantly running around, past and through an overmatched Packers defense. Peterson had a TD run of 82 yards and another run of 48 yards on the first play of the 3rd quarter, and for the afternoon he averaged 10 yards per carry. His 82-yard score in the 2nd quarter put the Vikings ahead 14-10, an advantage they would carry with them to the locker room at halftime.
Peterson’s 48-yard jaunt to open the 3rd quarter put the Vikings in position to take a commanding 21-10 lead, but a poor decision and throw by Ponder resulted in an INT in the end zone. Green Bay took advantage of the mistake by driving 51 yards in 12 plays to add a FG and pull within one point. Green Bay scored a rushing TD later in the 3rd quarter to take the lead, and they wouldn’t look back. The dagger came when Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers led an 11-minute scoring drive to open the 4th quarter and stake the Packers to the final 23-14 advantage.
The loss drops the Vikings to 6-6, two games behind both Green Bay and Chicago in the NFC North. It also drops them to 9th place overall in the NFC because they lose tie-breakers to both Dallas and Tampa Bay. The Vikings will have to recover quickly, though, because they have a chance to get right back in the thick of the playoff picture by defeating the Bears at home on Sunday.
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