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Peterson Continues To Make Mark On Vikings Record Books

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 28, 2010 – 12:44 pm

Adrian Peterson’s 1st-quarter TD from 5 yards out tied the game as the Vikings try to defeat the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field and snap a nasty road losing streak. But the TD also was significant for Peterson because it helped him set some new marks in the Vikings record books.

The TD was Peterson’s 50th career score in 57 games and he now ranks 3rd in team history with 48 rushing TDs. Bill Brown and Chuck Foreman rank in a tie for 1st with 52 and Peterson is in 3rd with 48. Peterson is also tied with Sammy White for 7th in Vikings history with 50 career TDs; Cris Carter, who was announced as a semifinalist for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2011, is 1st in team history with 110 TDs.

Finally, Peterson has now eclipsed the 1,00-yard mark this season and he is tied with Robert Smith for the most 1,000-yard rushing seasons in franchise history with 4.


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HOF Class of 2010 To Be Announced Saturday

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 3, 2010 – 9:36 am

Super Bowl XLIV will be played this Sunday, as the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints will clash for the NFL’s ultimate prize. Most Vikings fans probably don’t have much rooting interest in that event.

But there is another event this weekend that should capture the interest of Vikings fans across the country – the election of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2010. Former Vikings WR Cris Carter and DE John Randle are among the 15 modern-era finalists who will be under consideration during this year’s selection process.

The Hall’s Selection Committee will meet in South Florida, site of this year’s Super Bowl, on Saturday afternoon to elect this year’s class and then they’ll announce their elections at 4 p.m. CT during a 1-hour NFL Network special, live from the Broward County Convention Center.

For more information on the selection process, this year’s finalists and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, you can click here to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s official website.


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Cris Carter, John Randle Finalists For HOF Class Of 2010

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 9, 2010 – 11:05 am

The NFL begins its Super Bowl tournament today with a pair of Wild Card Round games as the 12 playoff teams try to cap their quest for the game’s ultimate team accomplishment – a Super Bowl victory.

But before that team-related quest begins, it’s important to acknowledge a group of 15 former players/coaches/administrators who are now one step closer to achieving the greatest individual accomplishment in the NFL – induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

It was announced Friday that 2 former Vikings – Cris Carter and John Randle – are among the 15 modern-era finalists who will be considered for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame when the Hall’s Selection Committee meets in South Florida on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, 1 day before the Super Bowl.

The 15 modern-era finalists, along with the 2 senior nominees announced in August 2009 (former Detroit Lions cornerback Dick LeBeau and former Denver Broncos running back Floyd Little) will be the only candidates considered for Hall of Fame election when the 44-member Selection Committee meets.

At the 2010 selection meeting, the selectors will thoroughly discuss the careers of each finalist. Although there is no set number for any class of enshrinees, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s current ground rules stipulate that between 4 and 7 new members will be selected each year. No more than 5 modern-era nominees can be elected in a given year and a class of 6 or 7 can only be achieved if 1 or both senior nominees are elected.

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

Click here to learn more and to see a complete list of the finalists for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010.

Congratulations to Cris Carter and John Randle!

Information from the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s official website – http://www.profootballhof.com – was used in this report.


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A Quick Look at the NFL Supplemental Draft

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 16, 2009 – 8:58 am

In a blog entry yesterday we mentioned Cris Carter, in reference to the fact that he was in town working with Minnesota native Larry Fitzgerald and a couple Vikings WRs. And then this morning I’ve come across a couple of items on various sites about the NFL Supplemental Draft, which will be held this afternoon.

That combination of events led me to remember that Cris Carter, the greatest WR in Vikings history, was actually a 4th round selection in the 1987 NFL Supplemental Draft. It seems hard to believe that a player who turned out to be one of the greatest WRs in NFL history was actually not even drafted in a regular NFL draft.

Cris Carter’s NFL story has been well-chronicled, so we won’t go into the details right here. But his story is a great reminder that not all NFL stars were Heisman Trophy winners or 1st-round picks who signed mega-contracts before their first year in the League. Some of the league’s greatest success stories are the product of late-round picks, or undrafted players, or players taken in the supplemental draft.

As I mentioned above, the 2009 NFL Supplemental Draft will happen today. Gil Brandt, a former NFL personnel guru and current contributor to NFL.com, has a piece on NFL.com right now that previews and discusses the supplemental draft. It’s a good read and I suggest checking it out.


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